Restored to the team at Lloris' expense once again and it was down to his defence, rather than he himself, that he conceded four.
No catastrophic errors like Gallas but still had trouble keeping Chelsea's runners quiet.
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.
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.
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.
Did well to cause so many problems even while Ashley Cole was playing well, though his assist for Defoe was unintentional. Constantly threatening.
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 The first withdrawn, however, as Villas-Boas sought more stability with Livermore.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
J. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.