Spurs’ unbeaten run in the Premier League that had lasted twelve games has come to an end. It took an in-form Chelsea side who have now won their last seven games in the league to beat Mauricio Pochettino’s side for the first time this season.
Tottenham started the much better of the two, and after seeing Harry Kane’s early strike chalked off for offside, found themselves ahead after eleven minutes courtesy of an excellent strike from Christian Eriksen.
The Lilywhites continued to dominate proceedings in the first half, but went into the break level. Pedro picked up the ball on the edge of the box, Eric Dier failed to close him down as he watched the Spaniard curl a delightful shot past Lloris to fire Chelsea level.
The Blues soon went ahead after the break. Diego Costa broke down the left and pulled the ball back across goal for Victor Moses, who saw his shot deflected into the back of the net, first from Lloris but then from Vertonghen as Chelsea took the lead. Here are the Spurs player ratings as they taste defeat for the first time this season in the Premier League.
Hugo Lloris- 6
Couldn’t do too much about the Pedro goal just before half-time, but perhaps could have done a little better with the Moses shot. Everything else he had to do, he did well.
Kyle Walker- 6
Tried to become a threat down the right, but this become hard with his defensive duties. He left players with a little too much space for my liking on occasion, but more often than not, he recovered.
Eric Dier- 5
Could have easily prevented the two goals just by closing down. It was as simple as that. Not a great performance from the Englishman today, but he will be back.
Jan Vertonghen- 6
Thought he had a decent game today. He made a couple of crucial interceptions and was a little unlucky to see the shot for the second goal deflect off him and into the back of the net.
Kevin Wimmer- 5
I accept that Wimmer was dragged in to help the two centre-backs, but in the second half he left Moses with acres of space for the second goal. He needed to get out there and try and block the shot. Unfortunately, he was not in the position to do this.