Opinion: Tottenham player ratings from the Battle of the Bridge part two

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Tottenham Hotspur battled from behind twice to equalise against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge this evening, with the score finishing 2-2 in a feisty affair. 

Let’s take a look at how the individual players got on:

Hugo Lloris – 7.5 – Made a really key stop to keep out Kai Havertz, only for his defenders to let him down from the resulting corner. No complaints about Hugo today, performed well.

Emerson Royal – 6.5 – While he did some decent tracking at the back, on the ball he struggled to string passes together and didn’t get anywhere near high enough up the pitch.

Cristian Romero – 6 – A rare performance in which Romero was chasing shadows with the rest of the Spurs squad. He couldn’t really get near the Chelsea stars in the first half. In the second 45, he was much more like his normal self, although he does walk a tightrope.

Eric Dier – 6.5 – Tottenham’s best defender in terms of standing tall and sticking to his task, but he was all over the place once Spurs went to a back four and it all got a bit frantic.

Ben Davies – 5.5 – Spurs struggled to defend down the left. Although Ben Davies did actually do some nice last-ditch defending, he left a lot to be desired in situations where he had time to read the game or play the ball out. Defending for the last goal was awful.

Ryan Sessegnon – 6 – Ran his socks off out there and tried to provide some kind of outlet down the left, even if the balls to him didn’t come off. The problem was on the ball and defensively where he was just outmuscled by Ruben Loftus-Cheek throughout.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg – 6.5 – Never managed to get into the first half. The Spurs midfield was completely smothered from the first minute and it was rare to see Hojbjerg on the ball with any kind of time and space. But… he did score a very important goal.

Rodrigo Bentancur – 6 – Much like Hojbjerg, he was overrun in the middle of the park. At times, it was like four Chelsea players against two from Tottenham. Bentancur also gave away a number of silly fouls.

Dejan Kulusevski – 6 – The Swede thrives when he gets players one-on-one, finds space to cross, or gets free in the pockets. None of that happened today, apart from a 20-minute spell in the second half where he looked dangerous.

Heung-min Son – 5.5 – Nowhere near his best today. On the ball, Son’s first touch was off the mark, his passing was very hit and miss, and he didn’t look sharp in the final third.

Harry Kane – 6.5 – Completely isolated up front. Spurs couldn’t get the ball to him and when he dropped into the pockets to find it, Chelsea swarmed him. Played off the pitch. When he did go through on goal, he scuffed wide. But then Harry Kane, as he so often does, turned up when Spurs needed him to head home an equaliser.

Substitutes:

Richarlison – 6.5 – Added a bit more of a press and fight up front which served Spurs well during their period on top.

Yves Bissouma – 6 – Added some bite in midfield during his cameo, even though he didn’t get on the ball too much.

Ivan Perisic – 6.5 – After hitting the first man with his first corner, the deliveries were on point from Perisic, including the assist for Kane.

Lucas Moura – 6 – Saw out the game well down that side.

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