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Chelsea vs Tottenham player ratings: Nicolas Jackson and Marc Cucurella shine in vital derby for Blues

Trevoh Chalobah and Nicolas Jackson scored either side of half-time to keep Chelsea on the back foot of the European places in the Premier League with a 2-0 derby win over Tottenham.

It was a difficult night for Ange Postecoglou as his team faced familiar set piece and VAR nightmares, after two corner goals against Arsenal on Sunday were followed by Chalobah heading in from a free kick and Jackson reacting quicker. after a Palmer rebound.

Marc Cucurella had an important night in his Chelsea career, as the most experienced player on the field at 25 years old and along with Spurs’ suffocating attacks he appeared composed in his new midfield role.

Chelsea are now four points behind sixth-placed Manchester United, while Spurs sit comfortably in fifth but also seven points off the Champions League places with four games remaining.

This is how the players rated at Stamford Bridge

Chelsea

Djordje Petrovic, 6 years old – The Serbian did not have to make too many saves despite Spurs’ greater control of the ball after the break. Hojbjerg forced him to climb up to receive a shot from distance, and he ducked to receive a few crosses, but a solid performance.

Alfie Gilchrist, 6 years old – He took on Son and was a little slow at times to close out by shooting a couple of free throws, but he was a reliable defender on an incredibly young defense.

Trevoh Chalobah, 7 – Chalobah scored the first goal, benefiting from poor Tottenham defending from the set piece. At the other end, he looked robust and handled Spurs’ attacks well, including a vital block on Sarr’s shot just before the break.

Benoit Badiashile, 6 – The calmest of the back four tonight, but he didn’t have much to do as Tottenham were weak in front of goal.

Marc Cucurella, 7 – Floating in midfield when Chelsea had the ball, he was a creative threat and looked very comfortable centrally. He was also vital in Chalobah’s goal by simply blocking Johnson’s path. He was also relentless in blocking defensive crosses and diving for the ball.

Moisés Caicedo, 6 – He was keeping Chelsea going throughout the game, facing some challenges, with the pressure on Maddison towards the end of the game being notable. He protected the backline well and wasn’t afraid to push forward when given the opportunity.

Conor Gallagher, 6 years old – He was welcomed onto the pitch with a banner showing the appreciation Chelsea fans have for him. He wasn’t the goalscoring hero like he was against Villa, but a diligent performance was equally important in keeping Spurs at bay.

Cole Palmer, 6 years old – Even when organized and muted, it can break through and produce a moment of magic. He was vital in the second goal, hitting the crossbar with a free kick on the rebound converted by Jackson. He bonded well with the others, but not with tonight’s star.

Noni Madueke, 6 years old – Madueke tried and at times prevailed, had a couple of shots that worried Vicario, and at times supported Gilchrist in defense. The performance obviously pleased his coach, who at the end received a big hug and a couple of kisses from Pochettino.

Mykhailo Mudryk, 6 years old – The Ukrainian was busy during the first half playing on Jackson in the first few minutes, but really lost steam in the second. The story of his Chelsea career to date.

Nicolas Jackson, 7 years old – He had a difficult night against Micky van de Ven and Christian Romero, but proved his worth with an incredibly well taken goal to give Chelsea confidence in the game. It was a much-needed performance from Jackson, who has drawn criticism in the last three games.

Substitutes

Cesare Casadei, 5 years old – He was one of the oldest players on the bench at 21 years old, he didn’t have much to do when he came on.

Josh Acheampong, n/a: Made his Chelsea debut three days before his 18th birthday, so not a bad early gift.

Jimi Tauriainen, n/a – Came on in the 94th minute.

Tottenham

Guglielmo Vicario, 6 – Like Petrovic, he didn’t have much to do, but when he did, he knocked the ball out of the back of the net. He saw a circular header go over him in the first, and then appeared nowhere towards Jackson’s goal after climbing to stop Palmer’s shot.

Pedro Porro, 5 – He probably should have given an assist in the first half to Romero, but he was quiet except for the occasional set piece.

Christian Romero, 6 – He had a great opportunity to equalize the score midway through the first half, but his header went wide. It was his only real notable involvement in the game, but he put in a solid defensive display.

Micky van de Ven, 6 – Van de Ven was one of the only ones to show real urgency after the break, trying to push forward wherever possible, but in the end he was unable to help his team produce a clinical moment in the final third. But they didn’t sign him for that.

Emerson Royal, 6 years old – He was strong defensively and had a good battle against Madueke in the game. He also came within inches of converting a Johnson cross, but was a little slow.

Yves Bissouma, 5 years old – In the first half, he didn’t stray too far from Palmer, which may have resulted in Spurs struggling to take control of the game, but he was substituted early and there was more impetus with the replacements.

Papa Matar Sarr, 5 – Like his midfield partner, he had little influence on the game and there was a clear improvement when he was substituted.

Dejan Kulusevski, 5 years old – Another of the Spurs players who couldn’t control the game. He didn’t have a standout moment in the game, as the Spurs suffered a difficult night.

Brennan Johnson, 6 years old – Johnson was the best Spurs player on the field in the first half, finding space when Cucurella ventured into midfield. He had a couple of opportunities to help his teammates, but they had a hard time converting his passes.

Son Heung-min, 5 years old – Son was rarely in a position where he could cause damage and struggled to cause the problems we are so used to seeing from him.

Richarlison, 5 – He has had a much better second season, but this performance is reminiscent of his first campaign with the Spurs. He struggled to hold the ball and let Chelsea’s centre-backs dominate him.

Substitutes:

James Maddison, 5 years old – Was more effective than Sarr and attempted a couple of shots, but they all flew over the bar. He has really struggled in recent weeks and that has seen Spurs also drop in form.

Rodrigo Bentancur, 6 years old – One of the few players who tried to shoot and, although they were tame efforts, they increased the player’s pace slightly. Although only just.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, 5 years old – He was one of three substitutes Postecoglou made to get them back into the game, but it didn’t really work, as the Danish midfielder was the least impactful of the trio.

Bryan Gil, 4 years old – Ineffective, weak and slow. He struggled to accept the game and it completely went over his head.

Giovani Lo Celso, n/a: Had a chance in his small cameo.