Chelsea player ratings v Spurs: Kovacic the driving force for Tuchel

Who says there were no spectators in the ground? Mendy might as well have taken a seat in the stands in the first half, such was his lack of action. Had to do more after the break. 

Feels like a key figure in Tuchel’s system. Another authoritative display with attacking intent. 

Ironic that he went off with an injury in a half when he barely had to break sweat. Tuchel will hope it’s nothing too serious.

His resurgence continues. He will take some shifting from this back three after re-establishing himself in the heart of this Chelsea team.

Back in the team and one of Chelsea’s most threatening points of attack with some quality deliveries.

A driving force in midfield with his piercing runs and searching balls. Dominated for the visitors – but shooting still lets him down.

Back on penalty duties and back on the score sheet. Tuchel really seems to appreciate his control of the ball in midfield.

Given license to push Spurs back with his offensive runs and bursts into the box. Won some important tackles from a defensive point of view too. 

Saw lots of the ball and hurt Spurs with his runs in the final third and delivery. Already looks like a Tuchel favourite.

Won so many balls as Chelsea pressed high up the pitch and got himself in dangerous areas around the box.

Won a third Premier League penalty of the season – more than any other player. But notable that he didn’t take it, which points to his lack of confidence right now.

Andreas Christensen (Silva, 36’) 6

Spurs mounted more of a threat in the second half, but he stood strong.

Christian Pulisic (Hudson-Odoi, 65’) 6

Bright after coming on as a sub again. Will hope for a start soon.

N’Golo Kante (Kovacic, 74’) 6

Brought on to try to maintain control late on – and Chelsea needed his ball-winning qualities. 

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