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Chelsea 2-1 Tottenham, Player Ratings: Moses, Costa continue consistent excellence

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1. VICTOR MOSES 8.7
Minutes played79
Touches52
Passes27/40
Shots1*/1
Shots bouncing off 1*/1
Fouls drawn3
Tackles3
Block+INT+RECs9
It's not that Victor Moses has had a few excellent showings, or that he scored the winning goal, or that he returned from the loan wilderness to play a key role ... It's that Victor Moses has been doing that consistently ever since being named in the starting lineup against Hull City.

That's seven Premier League games in a row with an 8+ rating for the converted right wing-back, and he's not showing any signs of stopping anytime soon.

Moses had been named the broadcast TV coverage's Man of the Match the last two games; he's now won the community vote as well, for the first time since the 1-1 draw away to Swansea City in early November 2012.  Yeah, I don't remember that game either – apparently Pablo Hernandez scored a late equalizer for the hosts after Moses had given Di Matteo's Chelsea the lead on the hour-mark.  (RDM would be in charge for only four more games.)

2. DIEGO COSTA 8.3
Minutes played90
Touches44
Passes16*/27
Shots0/1
Fouls drawn4
Clearances4/4
If Moses's continued consistent excellent is impressive, then what can we say about Costa's?  Even more impressive?

Costa's last seven starts have also all been rated over 8, including a 9.2 against Everton.  The lowest rated start he's had all season was the one against Arsenal, the only one of the 13 starts to be rated under 7.

Unfortunately, Costa didn't score in this one, so he's now back tied with Sergio Aguero for the Golden Boot after the City man grabbed a brace against Sunderland Burnley.  Next weekend, the two of them face off against each other.

3. PEDRO 8.3
Minutes played81
Touches33
Passes16/18
Shots1*/1
Fouls drawn3
Tackles6
An all-action performance from yet another man absolutely reborn under Antonio Conte and the 3-4-3.  Check out that tackles statistic!  SIX.

Pedro's goal was also a thing of beauty — a curling effort a la recent efforts from Willian or Costa — made better by the slick footwork beforehand.

It's interesting to recall that the only reason Pedro got a run in the side was Willian's bereavement leave.  Now, Chelsea's reigning Player of the Year can't get back into the team!

"Pedro is playing great football. He's enjoying this type of football and showing his quality."

"It's not easy for me to make the decision between him and Willian but he's playing very well and deserved to play. I'm very happy for him and Moses, another player who in pre-season you wouldn't think would be in the starting 11."

"Pedro scored a great goal but he worked a lot for the team, that's what I want to see and it's important to continue in this way. It's also important for us to see Willian [a second-half substitute v Spurs] after a bad period for him."

-Antonio Conte; source: Chelsea FC
Willian had vanquished all prior challengers for his right wing crown; could Pedro finally do long-term what the likes of Schürrle, De Bruyne, Cuadrado, Salah, etc couldn't?

STARTERS:
Courtois (7.3), Cahill (7.1), David Luiz (7.5), Azpilicueta (7.6), Alonso (6.6), Matić (7.4), Kanté (7.3), Moses (8.7), Hazard (7.3), Costa (8.3), Pedro (8.3)

SUBS:
Willian (6.4), Ivanović (6.0), Oscar (6.4)

OVERALL:

2016-17 Chelsea player ratings - spurs h