Chelsea Player Ratings: Blues beat Spurs, win “Mickey Mou’s Cup”
The Chels have finally got their first trophy under Jose’ Mourinho’s second stint and it is the famous ‘Mickey Mouse Cup’ that Mourinho sees as the first trophy to win in England. Chelsea were deserved winners on the day as the tactics used by Mourinho worked brilliantly and Spurs were lackluster in the second half.
Here are the player ratings, where Chelsea players were all considered men of the match by manager Jose Mourinho.
Petr Cech: 7/10
Cech made the Chelsea line-up ahead of Thibaut Courtois mostly because of more experience. He was comfortable while negotiating against the shots that came his way, while Spurs’ general game-play didn’t create enough chances for the strikers to capitalize on. He had a good game.
Branislav Ivanovic: 8/10
He showed how well accustomed he is to the bigger games. He attacked as well as defended very well and had a strong and solid performance. No wonder he is one of Mourinho’s untouchables in this juggernaut Chelsea team. He was well suited for the battle against Nacer Chadli.
Gary Cahill: 8/10
He redeemed himself against Harry Kane with an aggressive and focused performance. It has been quite a while since Cahill showed such a well rounded performance. He has been a bit off color since the new year day debacle, and hope this performance gets him is confidence back.
John Terry: 9.5/10
He had a perfect day as there is no notable error or any discomfort experienced by the Chelsea captain. He scored the crucial opener as well as put his leg through for a key latch ditch tackle to deny Kane. He was given the Man Of The Match trophy for his game as a leader and a Central Defender. Comfortably England’s best Center Back.
Cesar Azpilicueta: 7.5/10
Warrior-like performance by the super-hardworking Spaniard. He also got a heroic head bandage after suffering a bloody head cut. His consistent aggression and effort in defending against wingers was notable as he gave Andros Townsend a good run for his money and battled well with Walker.
Kurt Zouma: 9/10
The lad was up to the challenge of playing one of the most difficult roles in the team, that which Matic plays day in and day out. He was phenomenal on the day, completely dominating Eriksen with his simple no nonsense approach. Zouma was heavily praised by Mourinho, who referred to him as the next Marcel Desailly.
While he looked largely unspectacular on the pitch, he was the reason why Chelsea had that movement to match Spurs’ high-pressure game. A very energetic and a bit rash performance as always, Ramires offered the defensive work rate that was so required against the likes of Mason, Dembele and Eriksen.
Cesc Fabregas: 9/10
He was dominant on the pitch with good passing and possession play. He stepped up with a very cool assist to provide Diego Costa for the second goal. He looked to be back to his best with this strong and solid display, after he was injured in the last Capital One Cup game.
As hardworking as ever, he had a good day in terms of some key counter attacking passes. He was pitted well against some pacy players and he did well to aid Chelsea in that aspect. He had some instances early on where he was nicked off possession by the Spurs players, but he redeemed himself quickly enough.
Eden Hazard: 8/10
He had a good day on the pitch as he was engaged in a good battle against Kyle Walker. Hazard’s dribbling and passing was very good to watch and was one of the key players in Chelsea’s attacks.
Diego Costa: 8/10
He overshadowed Harry Kane this time with his aggressive display yet again. He was quick to get into fights with Eric Dier and Kyle Walker but was well deserving of his goal off a deflection.
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