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May 9, 2013 12:15 AM IST
Stamford Bridge — London
Referee:‬ M. Dean‎
Attendance:‬ 41581‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Chelsea 2-2 Tottenham

First-half goals from Oscar and Ramires denied Andre Villas-Boas a heroic return to Stamford Bridge, though strikes from Emmanuel Adebayor and Gylfi Sigursson earned Spurs a draw

By Tim Poole

  • Petr Cech
    51
    36
    2.50

    Petr Cech

    Like his Tottenham counterpart, did not produce one of his better performances. There was not much the Czech stopper could have done about either Tottenham goal, however, such was their quality.

  • Branislav Ivanovic
    59
    34
    2.50

    Branislav Ivanovic

    Pushed forward for all of Chelsea's set-pieces in what was a resolute performance from the Serb. Also protected the Chelsea goal with his life when he could but was booked late on for a rough challenge on Bale.

  • Ashley Cole
    81
    13
    3.50

    Ashley Cole

    Signalled his attacking intentions with an early cross and covered the left flank like he owned it from thereon in. Also won crucial headers and showed the full extent of his experience at the back.

  • David Luiz
    86
    18
    3.00

    David Luiz

    Attempted ambitious through balls throughout and ensured the home side were always a threat from set-pieces. Also did well on the defensive side to continue his fine form overall.

  • Gary Cahill
    62
    26
    3.00

    Gary Cahill

    Leapt wonderfully to head the ball into Oscar’s path for the opening goal and made a crucial block when Bale struck at goal on 35 minutes.

  • César Azpilicueta
    57
    31
    2.50

    César Azpilicueta

    Gave Adebayor too much space for his first-half equaliser but was otherwise effective at the back. Was also dangerous going forward but did not make too many noteworthy contributions.

  • Ramires
    106
    32
    4.00

    Ramires Top of the Match

    Covered every blade of grass, demonstrating his amazing energy levels yet again this season. Scored his ninth of the campaign minutes before half-time with a superb controlled finish. Took an unfortunate tumble in the second half but recovered well.

  • Oscar
    97
    31
    3.50

    Oscar

    Edged Chelsea ahead with his fourth league goal of the season after converting Cahill's header at the far post. Proved a nuisance for the Spurs defence throughout and did not seem content with just the one goal. Came off on 84 minutes.

  • Eden Hazard
    108
    45
    3.50

    Eden Hazard

    Showed the full extent of his delightful ability to surge past opposition players and was not afraid to unleash shots from range. Lacked strength during 50-50 challenges at times but was a defender's nightmare throughout. Also played a superb backheeled pass to Mata before being taken off after 72 minutes to huge applause.

  • Fernando Torres
    134
    26
    3.00

    Fernando Torres

    Lacked composure in the final third, with his failure to net meaning he still has not scored in the league since December. Was sharp with his passing, though, providing the assist for Ramires’ first-half strike.

  • Juan Mata
    85
    47
    3.50

    Juan Mata

    Threatened from the off, almost finding the top corner with a sublime turn and volley early on before firing just over on 16 minutes. Very nearly created a goal on the hour mark and was at his talismanic best for the most part.

Substitutions

  • Victor Moses
    21
    52
    2.50

    Victor Moses

    Came on for Hazard with 18 minutes to go in Rafa Benitez's first change of the night but did not have enough time to make an impact.

  • Yossi Benayoun
    40
    41

    Yossi Benayoun

    Replaced Oscar very late on, though that particular decision did not impress the Stamford Bridge faithful.

  • Hugo Lloris
    19
    19
    2.50

    Hugo Lloris

    Guilty of wayward kicking in the second half and was unable to stop Oscar and Ramires from scoring in the first half. Was not helped by his defenders but could have been better in what was a crucial game.

  • Jan Vertonghen
    25
    19
    2.50

    Jan Vertonghen

    Like Dawson, the Belgian struggled to establish himself and could not live with the creativity of Mata, Hazard, Ramires and Co. Also missed a good chance from a Huddlestone free kick on 64 minutes before picking up a needless booking late on.

  • Michael Dawson
    11
    35
    2.00

    Michael Dawson Flop of the Match

    Won several important headers but missed a vital one in the build-up to Oscar’s opener. Was also well beaten for pace during Ramires’ second. Not the centre-back’s best ever night.

  • Kyle Walker
    20
    15
    3.00

    Kyle Walker

    Raided down the right as ever and ventured forward into the area on occasion, coming close with a curled effort on the stroke of half-time.

  • Benoit Assou-Ekotto
    14
    20
    2.50

    Benoit Assou-Ekotto

    Did little for his side, although the occasional surge down the left-hand side provided his side with free kicks in dangerous positions.

  • Tom Huddlestone
    8
    27
    2.00

    Tom Huddlestone

    Miscued an early shot and did not look comfortable against the more versatile Chelsea midfielders from thereon in. Also fired a free kick miserably into the wall in the second half, while his deliveries were off the pace throughout the 90 minutes.

  • Aaron Lennon
    8
    26
    2.50

    Aaron Lennon

    Showed his monstrous pace and ability to play a slick pass but could not influence the game to any great extent. Was taken off on the hour mark as he continues to regain full match fitness.

  • Scott Parker
    6
    28
    2.00

    Scott Parker

    Made the fatal error of losing his man during Chelsea’s opener and struggled to live with the pace of the game thereafter.

  • Gareth Bale
    16
    47
    2.50

    Gareth Bale

    Failed to make a big-game impact, roaming freely from the left of a 4-3-3. Did show good strength on the ball but that occasionally spilled over into conceding free kicks, with the Welshman being booked for his efforts late on.

  • Lewis Holtby
    19
    22
    3.00

    Lewis Holtby

    Was a constant threat, even with a minimal amount of space to work in. Fired just wide on the quarter of an hour mark and continued to persist before the break.

  • Emmanuel Adebayor
    74
    18
    3.50

    Emmanuel Adebayor

    Passed and moved well, especially in assisting Sigurdsson with a superb second-half flick. Was at his best when he went it alone, though, which was best displayed when he ran from the half-way line to the edge of the area and curled one of the goals of the season past Cech and into the top corner.

Substitutions

  • Gylfi Sigurdsson
    37
    14
    3.00

    Gylfi Sigurdsson

    Replaced Lennon on the hour mark and was a real danger in the closing stages. Scored a fine goal with 10 minutes left and linked up well with Adebayor throughout.

  • Clint Dempsey
    18
    18
    2.50

    Clint Dempsey

    Entered the fray with 20 minutes to go and made a noticeable impact.

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