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TEAMtalk rates the performances of the players involved in Tottenham's 1-1 draw against Chelsea in the Premier League at White Hart Lane.

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Fernando Torres: Saw red during eventful 90 minutes

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Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea played out an absorbing 1-1 draw at White Hart Lane as Andre Villas-Boas and Jose Mourinho had to settle for a point apiece in the eagerly-awaited first meeting between the two managers.

Tottenham

Hugo Lloris - Did not see much action in opening 45 minutes, but the second half proved much tougher. Did well to deny Fernando Torres, but could not stop John Terry equalising. 6

Kyle Walker - Started sloppily and caught napping on occasion, but a threat going forward and kept a lively Eden Hazard quiet. 6

Kyle Naughton - Not as flash as Walker, but stuck to his task well. 6

Jan Vertonghen - A sturdy performance after a running battle with Torres. Slightly fortunate not to be sent off in the second half. 7

Michael Dawson - Calm, cool and collected but lost Terry for Chelsea's equaliser. 6

Paulinho - Last week netted the winner against Cardiff and could have put Spurs out of sight, only to hit the post late in the first half. His direct runs caused Chelsea problems but he faded. 7

Andros Townsend - Used the ball intelligently and direct runs caused problems. Rightly booked for diving as half-time approached. 7

Mousa Dembele - Overcame a knock to help Tottenham at both ends, defending diligently and acting as a base for the attack to build. 7

Gylfi Sigurdsson - Another start for the man many expected to leave. Showed excellent balance to put Spurs ahead and came agonisingly close with an audacious half-volley. 7

Christian Eriksen - Continues to impress for Spurs and was the heartbeat of the side for nearly 60 minutes. Tailed off in second half, but another fine display. 7

Roberto Soldado - Did well as link-up man, but did not look like scoring. 6

Substitutes:

Nacer Chadli (replaced Townsend, 63 minutes) - Quiet after introduction, lashing over wildly in stoppage time. 6

Lewis Holtby (replaced Eriksen, 70) - Always brings energy to the side, which helped settle the team after Terry's header. 6

Jermain Defoe (replaced Soldado, 77) - Put through by Dembele late on, but could not beat Cech. 6

Chelsea

Petr Cech - Did well when tested and could do little to stop Sigurdsson's goal. 6

Branislav Ivanovic - Fantastic last-ditch challenge prevented Paulinho making it 2-0 and showed good strength in the air. Became visibly frustrated in the second half. 6

Ashley Cole - Townsend's confidence meant his afternoon was a tough one. 6

David Luiz - Deployed at centre-back, he was pulled out of position as Spurs scored midway through the first half. 6

John Terry - Booed every time he touched the ball, saw Sigurdsson skip past him for the opener. Sturdy performance aside from that and netted the leveller. 7

Ramires - Struggled to keep tabs of countryman Paulinho, but more effective when dropped deep for the second half. 7

Frank Lampard - Game passed him by for the most part, rarely showing the threat of old. 5

John Obi Mikel - Fresh from scoring his first league goal for the club, somewhat overawed and replaced at half-time. 5

Oscar - Anonymous performance, which was compounded by the success of opposite number Eriksen. 5

Eden Hazard - After recovering from an early knock, looked Chelsea's best attacking threat until Juan Mata's introduction. 7

Fernando Torres - After a frustrating first half, looked revitalised after the break. Proved a thorn in the side, but should have seen red for raising his hands to Vertonghen. Eventually sent off, somewhat harshly, for another challenge with the Belgian. 6

Substitutes:

Juan Mata (replaced Mikel, 46) - Scored 11 minutes after his introduction, only for the goal to be rightly chalked off for offside. Floated in the free-kick from which Terry scored. Impressive display from the Spaniard. 7

Andre Schurrle (replaced Hazard, 69) - Came close to putting Chelsea ahead with 15 minutes remaining. Gave Chelsea an extra kick. 6

Cesar Azpilicueta (replaced Oscar, 83) - After Torres' red card, helped shore things up at the back. 6

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