Chelsea player ratings vs Tottenham: Rudiger unplayable, Sarr versatility key but Werner fades

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  • Antonio Rüdiger
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  • Thomas Tuchel
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  • Kepa Arrizabalaga
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Chelsea booked a place in their fourth final in less than a year under Thomas Tuchel with a 1-0 Carabao Cup semi-final victory against Tottenham, winning 3-0 on aggregate.

James Robson was at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium to rate the players...

Kepa Arrizabalaga 7

Continued excellent form in this competition with another clean sheet. Tackle on Lucas was superb, even if it took VAR to appreciate it.

Cesar Azpilicueta 6

Solid, no matter where he plays. Switched between an orthodox right-back and wing-back, dependent on whether Chelsea were in possession and looked comfortable in either role.

Andreas Christensen 7

Important blocks denied Spurs on the occasions they fashioned shooting chances. One on Kane denied the England captain a potential goal-scoring opportunity in the first half.

Antonio Rudiger 8

In this kind of mood he is virtually unplayable. Created Chelsea’s two best openings in the first half before scoring himself. Outmuscled Kane to prevent a goal-scoring chance – and even when sending Hojbjerg tumbling in the box, VAR rightly overruled the penalty decision because the contact was outside the area.

Malang Sarr 8

Really impressed in left back/wingback role and then moved to a back three. That versatility could be important for Chelsea as the season progresses.

Mateo Kovacic 7

Controlled midfield with his energy and forward runs to keep Spurs running towards their own goal for much of the game.

Jorginho 7

Lost the ball in the build-up to Kane’s ruled out goal – but that was more down to Kepa’s poor pass. Looked far more energised than in recent weeks.

Mason Mount 7

His corner delivery allowed Rudiger to fire Chelsea ahead. Played in a deeper role than usual, but still got up in support of the forwards.

Callum Hudson-Odoi 6

Covered excellently to put Emerson off when in a shooting position first half – and grew into the game as an attacking force.

Romelu Lukaku 6

Touch and turn before forcing a save from Gollini in the first half was a moment of real quality. Was a handful for Spurs’ defenders throughout.

Timo Werner 5

Some bright moments and forced a save from Gollini in the first half. Faded as the game went on and rarely threatened after the break.

Substitutes

Thiago Silva (Christensen, 66’) 5

Good to get him back out on the pitch after Covid. Will surely start against Manchester City at the weekend.

Marcos Alonso (Werner, 66’) 5

Added some more energy on the left and stretched Spurs.

Hakim Ziyech (Mount, 66’) 5

Might have done more to take advantage of tired legs after coming on.

N’Golo Kante (Kovacic, 77’)

An easy run out to get some minutes ahead of City.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Jorginho, 82’)

Unused: Bettinelli Saul, Havertz, Pulisic

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