Andreas Christensen, Centerback, 6/10
Considering the Dane’s lack of competitive action in the league since his red card against Liverpool in the early stages of the season, Christensen actually did a decent job of filling in for the injured Thiago Silva midway into the first half. Playing at the heart of the defense as Silva did before him, the 24-year-old’s passing may not possess the incisiveness of the man he replaced and his defensive acumen certainly is not as well-developed. Regardless, Christensen did put in a solid enough shift and Spurs’ inability to ultimately break down the Chelsea defense in spite of their improved second-half performance is testament to that fact.
Christian Pulisic, Support Striker 6/10
Just as it was against Burnley, Pulisic’s introduction 65 minutes into the game was designed to inject a greater level of energy and urgency into Chelsea’s attack and it was precisely what the American did in the 30 minutes or so he had on the pitch. Incredibly fast and a good carrier of the ball, Pulisic was a constant threat on the break for the Blues late on in the game with the team dug in deep and desperately clinging on to their one-goal advantage. Unlucky not to get either a goal or an assist considering the chances he had, it was nonetheless a decent showing from the 21-year-old.
N’Golo Kante, Central midfield, 5/10
Brought on in place of the exhausted Mateo Kovacic with Tuchel looking to add greater midfield solidarity in the dying embers of the game, the Frenchman disappointed on his return into the starting eleven. Clearly still suffering from the effects of his most recent injury, Kante was nowhere near the levels he should be in a game as crucial as this and it showed in the form of a yellow card which he picked up following a clumsy challenge just 7 minutes after his introduction. With Jorginho and Kovacic forming such as impressive pivot, Kante has work to do to show that he is indeed deserving of a starting berth under Tuchel.
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