Despite Tottenham being technically out-numbered in the middle of the park, five on four, Spurs could control much of the midfield battle, which led to a positive result.
Rating Spurs Midfield
Ben Davies – 7
Compared to his match against West Ham, where Davies had a wonderful assist, it was a quiet game offensively for Spurs’ new left wing-back. Alternatively, the same could be said for his counterpart Reece James, who saw much of the ball but not much space. The Welshman was the perfect answer for James, who has caused problems for Spurs in past matches.
Oliver Skipp – 8
After playing well against West Ham, Oliver Skipp was great against Chelsea. Managing to avoid another early yellow card, just barely, Skipp then put in a heck of a shift going all 90 minutes, making three tackles, completing a dribble, and scoring a world-class goal. Skipp’s awareness of the situation and the reading of the game to jump in front of Joao Felix and then unleash the shot he did was nothing short of awesome. It is great to see Skipp returning to top form and earning man-of-the-match honors from the fans.
Pierre Hojbjerg – 7.5
Although Skippy got the goal and the man-of-the-match vote, Tottenham would not have had the success they did yesterday without the work of Pierre Hojbjerg. It was one of Hojbjerg’s games where his detractors would say he didn’t do anything. However, leading the team in touches, passing, and passing accuracy shows the Dane’s ability to be tidy and neat on the ball. Throw in a couple of tackles, interceptions, and clearance, and Hojbjerg did a bit of everything except make that big play.
Emerson Royal – 7.5
Coming off his man-of-the-match performance against West Ham, Royal again did his part in helping Spurs win. After the second-half kickoff, Emerson chugged up the pitch to support Kulusevski. He hit a shot on target that Kepa Arrizabalaga could not hold, leading to Skipp’s magic moment. That was just one of the many moments Royal had in the game where his work rate and effort are starting to be appreciated, now that his success moving forward is complimenting his effort.