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Played
October 20, 2012 12:45 PM BST
White Hart Lane — London
Referee:‬ M. Dean‎
Attendance:‬ 36060‎
 
Gary Cahill 17′
Juan Mata 66′
 
Juan Mata 69′
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Tottenham 2-4 Chelsea

Juan Mata came alive in the second half to prove the catalyst in the visitors' recovery, spoiling Andre Villas-Boas' hopes of getting one over on his former club

By George Ankers

  • Brad Friedel
    59
    87
    3.00

    Brad Friedel

    Restored to the team at Lloris' expense once again and it was down to his defence, rather than he himself, that he conceded four.

  • Jan Vertonghen
    102
    52
    3.00

    Jan Vertonghen

    The likes of Hazard and Mata had more joy scurrying around the Chelsea right than they did on the other flank but the Belgian was more than solid going forward and did very well to play the ball across goal for Gallas’ goal.

  • William Gallas
    40
    182
    1.50

    William Gallas Flop of the Match

    Guilty of a very poor header as he attempted to clear a corner which allowed Cahill the opportunity to smash home his volley. Caught in possession by Oscar in the first half which could have been severely punished, too. His run and nodded finish for Spurs' equaliser were good but did not make up for his part in three of the Blues' goals.

  • Kyle Walker
    22
    163
    2.50

    Kyle Walker

    Embarrassed himself a little by trying to claim that he got the ball in a challenge on Ramires for which he was quite rightly booked and was not as penetrative on his flank as left-back counterpart Vertonghen.

  • Steven Caulker
    37
    71
    2.50

    Steven Caulker

    No catastrophic errors like Gallas but still had trouble keeping Chelsea's runners quiet.

  • Aaron Lennon
    122
    35
    3.50

    Aaron Lennon

    Did well to cause so many problems even while Ashley Cole was playing well, though his assist for Defoe was unintentional. Constantly threatening.

  • Gylfi Sigurdsson
    38
    115
    2.00

    Gylfi Sigurdsson

    Lucky to stay on the field for as long as he did, the Icelander still struggling to find his feet in the Tottenham side. Dragged one tricky shot not far wide in the first half.

  • Sandro
    41
    103
    3.00

    Sandro

    Used his physical prowess well to deny Oscar on occasion and helped out his defenders, most of Chelsea's threat coming from wide rather than his middle ground.

  • Tom Huddlestone
    35
    75
    3.00

    Tom Huddlestone

    Quietly effective as the last-minute replacement for Gareth Bale and it was his free-kick that precipitated Gallas' equaliser. The first withdrawn, however, as Villas-Boas sought more stability with Livermore.

  • Clint Dempsey
    29
    135
    2.50

    Clint Dempsey

    Pulled away from defenders in the box once or twice without being found. Was having a better game than Sigurdsson so moved more central by Villas-Boas but replaced by Adebayor when his side went behind again.

  • Jermain Defoe
    112
    48
    3.50

    Jermain Defoe

    Too selfish in possession in the first half as Lennon and Dempsey made runs to which he could have supplied the ball but calls from fans for Adebayor to replace him proved premature as his instinctive finish from a tough chance put his side ahead.

Substitutions

  • Jake Livermore
    22
    75
    2.50

    Jake Livermore

    Brought on after Mata's equaliser to add sturdiness to midfield but instead Chelsea took control of the game.

  • Emmanuel Adebayor
    85
    83
    2.50

    Emmanuel Adebayor

    His impact after replacing Dempsey was minimal as the Chelsea defence handled his physical threat better than his slighter team-mates' runs.

  • Petr Cech
    384
    25
    3.50

    Petr Cech

    Nothing he could do about Gallas' header from the closest of ranges and Defoe's strike would have flown past any keeper. Handled most other shots competently as the captain on the day and brilliantly prevented a late Walker equaliser.

  • Branislav Ivanovic
    335
    33
    2.50

    Branislav Ivanovic

    Rarely troubled by either Dempsey, who preferred to drift inside, or Sigurdsson on the Spurs left but lacked a little in forward support. Perhaps slightly harshly booked for simulation in the first half.

  • Ashley Cole
    339
    27
    3.00

    Ashley Cole

    Attentive and alert as ever. If Sigurdsson’s first-half snapshot on the turn had been on target, the left-back looked likely to arrive in time to block it on the line anyway.

  • David Luiz
    336
    46
    2.50

    David Luiz

    Could have tracked Defoe a little better on occasion but largely solid - though nearly had a 'Luiz moment' when sticking his leg up unwisely to try to block Walker's late shot.

  • Gary Cahill
    409
    78
    4.00

    Gary Cahill

    His developing habit of sensational goals continued with a glorious, thumping volley from a corner to give Chelsea the lead. In defence, mature and composed. John who?

  • Ramires
    340
    27
    3.50

    Ramires

    Relishing his central role after spending much of last season wide right, the Brazilian displayed some of the drive and energy that Frank Lampard used to be able to offer. Deservedly booked for checking Lennon in full flight near the end of the first half.

  • Oscar
    321
    126
    2.50

    Oscar

    The Brazilian’s go-getter energy saw him steal possession from Gallas which nearly proved deadly but his overall contribution did not quite live up to that early zeal. Taken off with just under 10 minutes to go for Sturridge.

  • John Obi Mikel
    448
    46
    3.50

    John Obi Mikel

    Prone to the occasional unnecessary pass that lost possession as ever but a stronger performance than he often gives. At one point early in the game pulled off what looked like a 720-degree pirouette to avoid two tackles and was generally sturdy throughout.

  • Eden Hazard
    437
    97
    3.50

    Eden Hazard

    Two more assists for the Belgian, his second, for Mata, an absolute beauty of a pass. Always on the prowl. Withdrawn in the final moments.

  • Fernando Torres
    501
    92
    3.50

    Fernando Torres

    Confident in his interaction with the attacking midfield three and crafty in his passing. Only Vertonghen’s superb tackle and, later, less than the width of a post, denied him a goal in the second half.

  • Juan Mata
    618
    87
    4.50

    Juan Mata Top of the Match

    Industrious and mischievous, the Spaniard flitted around the flanks and, just as he was starting to fade, he had a sniff of goal and suddenly woke up again. Took his scoring run to six in five games with two fantastic finishes and his effort made Sturridge's wrap-up goal.

Substitutions

  • Frank Lampard
    231
    137

    Frank Lampard

    A late substitute for Hazard.

  • Daniel Sturridge
    282
    131
    3.00

    Daniel Sturridge

    Looked affronted to have been brought on so late but made his point with a stoppage-time finish, put on a plate by Mata.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
Liverpool
30 0
Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
Striker
Liverpool
20 0
Yaya Touré Yaya Touré
Midfielder
Manchester City
18 6
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Manchester United
15 2
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Manchester City
15 0