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Tottenham Hotspur vs. Chelsea, Player Ratings: Begovic, Hazard lead the way

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1. ASMIR BEGOVIĆ - GK 7.7
Minutes played90
Touches39
Passes11/26
Saves4
Asmir Begović started for the 17th straight game.  There is a chance that streak will come to an end next weekend against Bournemouth, if Thibaut Courtois passes his fitness test and makes his belated return.  Would he automatically return to the lineup?  Probably.  Begović has been solid, and he is working on three straight clean sheets, but Courtois, when healthy, is one of the best in the world.

In any case, Begović made 4 saves against Spurs, a couple of which were pretty decent, if not quite Lloris-on-Hazard quality.  We might have been in a bit more trouble if Heung-min Son could get power and placement on his efforts.  But he didn't, and so we weren't.

2. EDEN HAZARD - AM/F 7.7
Minutes played90
Touches67
Passes38/57
Shots1/2
Take-ons0/2
Fouls drawn2
Eden Hazard as center forward has carried a bad connotation for about three years now, even since a similar tactical move spelled the end of Roberto Di Matteo in 2012.  Fortunately, this time, not only did we not lose, Mourinho's still in the job.  And Hazard even played about as well as we probably could've expected him to play at center forward.

The interplay between our front four was, at times, quite lovely.  Now we just need to replicate that, and score some goals, with a proper center forward in there, too.  Hopefully that'll be a newly motivated Costa.  Otherwise, we've got further complications.

3. KURT ZOUMA - DC 7.4
Minutes played90
Touches25
Passes12/23
Clearances2/4
Blocks+INTs4
One of these days, Kurt Zouma's almost-goals, whisker-away-from-making-contact-goals, hitting-the-woodwork-instead-of-the-target-goals will turn into real goals.  Until then, we'll have to make do with him growing and developing as a center back, and anchoring the Chelsea backline for many years to come.'

The 21-year-old is the 3rd highest rated non-goalkeeper for the season, behind Willian and Cesar Azpilicueta.

STARTERS:
Begović (7.7), Azpilicueta (6.9), Cahill (7.2), Zouma (7.4), Ivanović (6.8), Matić (6.6), Fàbregas (5.1), Pedro (6.9), Oscar (6.6), Willian (7.0), Hazard (7.7)

SUBS:
Kenedy (5.8), Loftus-Cheek (5.8)

OVERALL:

2015-16 player ratings spurs A