Tottenham player ratings vs Chelsea: Tentative display from Heung-min Son as Japhet Tanganga has nightmare

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Tottenham player ratings vs Chelsea: Tentative display from Heung-min Son as Japhet Tanganga has nightmare

Tottenham have a mountain to climb to reach consecutive Carabao Cup finals after a 2-0 defeat to Chelsea.

First-half goals by Kai Havertz and a comical Ben Davies own goal put the Blues in complete control of the semi-final first leg, although Spurs can take some heart from an improved display after the interval.

Dan Kilpatrick was at Stamford Bridge to rate the Spurs players…

Hugo Lloris 7

Might have been more proactive at Chelsea’s free-kick for the second goal, although it was hard to really fault him. Made a smart stop to deny Timo Werner 1v1.

Japhet Tanganga 4

Had a nightmare. Sold Royal short for Chelsea’s opening goal and headed at Davies from point blank range for their second.

Davinson Sanchez 5

Might have done better for Havertz’s goal and struggled at the centre of the back three, where he was often uncomfortable in possession. Gave away the free-kick leading to Chelsea’s second.

Ben Davies 6

Unfortunate to score the second own goal. Tried to add thrust from left-back in the second half but rarely troubled Cesar Azpilicueta.

Emerson Royal 6

Caught flat footed by Marcos Alonso for Chelsea’s opener. Saw plenty of the ball but offered little in the way of thrust or a final pass, barring one cross for Lucas.

Oliver Skipp 6

One of his least effective displays of the season. Struggled to establish any midfield foothold in the first half as Chelsea overran their rivals.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg 5

An uncharacteristically poor and often panicky performance. Rarely comfortable with possession or without.

Matt Doherty 4

Out of position on the left and often looked out of his depth. Struggled to make any inroads down his flank, and frequently lost the ball.

Lucas Moura 6

The only Spurs player who looked likely to make something happen on the ball in the first half, which wasn’t saying much. Volleyed a tough chance over in the second half.

Heung-min Son 4

Barely made an impact and rarely looked likely to in another tentative display.

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Harry Kane 5

Tested Kepa with a low free-kick but otherwise largely ineffective. His passing radar, usually so accurate, was off.


Tanguy Ndombele (Doherty 46’) 6

Added a different dimension and posed the occasional threat, winning a free-kick on the edge of the box for Kane’s chance and flashes a shot high and wide.

Harry Winks (Oliver Skipp 73’) 6

Recycled the ball well but not enough time to make a major impact. Arguably deserves more minutes in the weeks ahead.

Giovani Lo Celso (Son 79’) 7

Forced Kepa into a save from Gil’s cross in Spurs’ best chance of the evening.

Bryan Gil (Lucas 79’) 7

Responsible for Spurs’ best chance, skinning Christian Pulisic on the outside and crossing for Lo Celso.

Not used: Gollini, Austin, Reguilon, Rodon, Alli.

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