FA Cup ratings: Tottenham v Chelsea

Tottenham Hotspur's Christian Eriksen (left) and Chelsea's Nemanja Matic battle for the ball in the

Tottenham Hotspur's Christian Eriksen (left) and Chelsea's Nemanja Matic battle for the ball in the FA Cup semi final (pic Nick Potts/PA) - Credit: PA Wire/PA Images

Dane Eriksen is Spurs best player in Wembley defeat

TOTTENHAM

HUGO LLORIS: Beaten on his side by Willian’s free-kick early on but could do little about any of Chelsea’s other goals. 4.

KIERAN TRIPPIER: Offered an outlet down the right flank but crosses, his strength, were few and far between. Switched to the left when Kyle Walker came on in the second half. 6.

ERIC DIER: Flashed a header wide of the post in the first half but was otherwise fairly quiet. 5.


You may also want to watch:


TOBY ALDERWEIRELD: Late tackle on Pedro gave away the free-kick that led to Willian’s opening goal. 4.

JAN VERTONGHEN: Made an excellent block to stop Willian scoring a third in the second half. 6.

Most Read

HEUNG-MIN SON: Deployed in an unfamiliar role at left wing-back and looked uncomfortable. Conceded the penalty with a rash challenge on Victor Moses. 4.

VICTOR WANYAMA: Struggled to contain Chelsea’s counter-attacks, which proved dangerous throughout. 5.

MOUSA DEMBELE: Powerful presence again in midfield. Broke up Chelsea’s attacks and composed in possession. 7.

DELE ALLI: Quiet one minute, explosive the next. Struggled in the first half but scored Tottenham’s second with a close-range finish. Had earlier stepped on Luiz’s leg but it looked accidental. 7.

CHRISTIAN ERIKSEN: Provided two assists and was Tottenham’s best player. Laid on Harry Kane’s goal with a left-foot cross and then Alli’s with a superb through-ball. 8.

HARRY KANE: Improvised brilliantly to stoop low and flick Eriksen’s cross inside the far post with his head. But struggled to get the better of Luiz. 7.

Substitutes

KYLE WALKER (for Son, 68): His half-clearance led to Hazard driving home Chelsea’s third goal. 5.

GEORGES-KEVIN NKOUDOU (for Wanyama, 80): Thrown on to instigate a late comeback but failed to make an impact. 6.

CHELSEA

THIBAUT COURTOIS: Could do little to stop Spurs’ goals and despite their dominance was rarely called into action. 6/10.

CESAR AZPILICUETA: Captain for the day and dependable as usual as Chelsea showed defensive reslience. 7.

DAVID LUIZ: Allowed Dele Alli space for a second-half equaliser, but otherwise kept Harry Kane relatively quiet. 7.

NATHAN AKE: Started well and showed his talent, despite a lapse in concentration that saw Kane equalise. 6.

VICTOR MOSES: The converted winger was required more as a right-back but demonstrated his defensive improvement. 6.

MARCOS ALONSO: Offered much-needed balance for the Blues in a solid showing. 6.

N’GOLO KANTE: Chelsea’s midfield was second best as Spurs dominated possession, but Kante was quietly effective. 7.

NEMANJA MATIC: Stunning strike for Chelsea’s fourth confirmed a place in the final. 7.

MICHY BATSHUAYI: Given a rare opportunity in which he showed all-too-fleetingly his potential. 5.

WILLIAN: Scored a fine free-kick and coolly converted the penalty, but otherwise his influence was slight. 6.

PEDRO: The former Barcelona forward was a nuisance and his pace was a constant threat, but he had too few chances. 7.

Substitutes

DIEGO COSTA (for Batshuayi, 61 minutes): Required more in his own box on defensive duty than in Tottenham’s. 6.

EDEN HAZARD (for Willian, 61): A clinical finish from the Chelsea playmaker punished slack Spurs defending before he set up Matic. 8.

CESC FABREGAS (for Pedro, 74): Played a role in Matic’s goal and showed calm authority in the latter stages. 6.

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter
Comments powered by Disqus