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The Blue clinched a 1-0 win at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium thanks to a first-half penalty from Jorginho

Edouard Mendy

Chelsea’s goalkeeper had almost nothing to do in the opening period. There were a couple of routine stops for Mendy to make but nothing which troubled him.

His distribution was tested after the break with Tottenham pressing higher, and there was only one risky pass played by the Senegal international.

Mendy’s first save of note arrived with 12 minutes to play and he got down well to his right to deny Erik Lamela. 7

Cesar Azpilicueta

When used as a right-back against Manchester City and Fulham, the Spaniard endured two very difficult games and it appeared he was coming to the end of his time as a regular starter at Stamford Bridge.

Tuchel’s arrival has altered things, however. Used on the right of the back three, Azpilicueta has looked sharp and comfortable, and he is no longer as exposed in one-vs-one situations.

He marshalled Son Heung-min well throughout; the South Korean not managing to have a big influence on the contest. 7

Thiago Silva

Breezed through the opening half an hour with Chelsea well in control of the contest but then appeared to injure his thigh when cutting out a long pass forward. Brought off with 36 minutes on the clock. 6

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Antonio Rudiger

Much like those next to him in the back three, Rudiger was untroubled throughout the first half. He imposed himself upon Carlos Vinicius and there was one eye-catching run forward.

The German wasn’t as composed in possession as his centre-back partners but he ensured Tottenham didn’t have an easy route to goal – Rudiger made the most tackles of any Chelsea player.

Has very been reliable thus far under Tuchel. 8

Reece James

This was the 21-year-old’s first start under Tuchel and he slotted seamlessly into the right wing-back role. Got forward well throughout the first half and was a constant threat alongside Callum Hudson-Odoi.

Was less of a threat in the second period but did his defensive work well. Ended the game with three key passes (per WhoScored), the most of any Blues player. 8

Jorginho

The Italian has started every game under Tuchel and his poise in possession helped the Blues maintain attacks during the first half. He was also back on penalty duty and dispatched his spot kick excellently, although without his trademark hop.

Jorginho was less influential in the second period as Tottenham upped the intensity of their pressing but still kept the ball well. 7

Mateo Kovacic

The Croatian midfielder’s performances under Tuchel have been understated but important. His mobility alongside Jorginho helps open up passing angles in the middle of the pitch while also closing off space when Chelsea don’t have the ball.

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His most memorable moment came in the second period when he broke forward to the edge of the box, only to panic and guide a half-hearted effort wide of the post. Was replaced by Kante with 17 minutes to play. 7

Marcos Alonso

Handed his 150th Chelsea start, Alonso wasn’t heavily involved in the opening 45 minutes with the majority of the Blues’ attacks focused down the opposite flank.

It was a similar story in the second period, although he did flash a volley over the crossbar from the edge of the box.

Importantly, Alonso defended well. He made four interceptions, the most of any Chelsea player, and wasn’t caught out positionally. It’s his wing-back spot to lose. 7

Callum Hudson-Odoi

After impressive performances as a wing-back in Tuchel’s first two games, Hudson-Odoi was moved into the forward line and looked sharp in the opening period.

His movement across the frontline was intelligent – and wasn’t truly taken advantage of – while he tracked back when needed.

His influence waned in the second period as Spurs pressed higher up the pitch and was brought off with 25 minutes to play. 7

Mason Mount

It hasn’t taken long for Mount to win over Tuchel and the England international was handed a second consecutive start.

He was constantly involved in the first half, dropping into space to collect passes and looking to take on Tottenham defenders. His final ball let him down too often, however.

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In the second period, Mount continued to be Chelsea’s most influential attacking outlet. One surge forward almost resulted in a chance for Timo Werner while he was denied by a good low stop from Lloris.

Continues to impress. 8

Timo Werner

Perhaps a surprise starter given the likely pattern of the game, but Werner was effective in the first half. His pace was a constant worry for the Tottenham centre-backs, and it led to the German winning the penalty that Jorginho dispatched.

Werner spent much of the second half out wide on the left, looking to threaten on the counter. His only genuine sight of goal came when he was slipped in by Mount, but Serge Aurier produced an excellent tackle to deny the German. 7

Chelsea substitutes

Andreas Christensen (for Silva, 36)

Thrust into the middle of defence following Silva’s injury, the Dane quickly composed himself. He won several key headers and was calm in possession. 7

Christian Pulisic (for Hudson-Odoi, 65)

Almost got on the end of a Mount cross seconds after being introduced, but Lloris denied the American. Pulisic completed a couple of nice dribbles and earned free-kicks in the attacking third, but didn’t have a decisive impact. 7

N’Golo Kante (for Kovacic, 73)

The French midfielder’s first appearance for a month. He was booked after being caught on the ball in the Chelsea half and looked rusty. 6

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