87 passes, 90% pass accuracy, three interceptions: Tottenham's Bentaleb a bright spot against Chelsea

Nabil Bentaleb's display was one of the few positives Tottenham Hotspur could take from Wednesday night's 3-0 defeat at Chelsea.

Tottenham Hotspur slipped to a 3-0 loss at Chelsea on Wednesday night, as Maurico Pochettino’s side were powerless to prevent the Blues from consigning them to their sixth league defeat of the season.

Tottenham went into the game off an impressive 2-1 home win over Everton but, despite a promising start, it was the hosts who took the lead on 19 minutes through Eden Hazard, before Didier Drogba doubled their advantage less than 180 seconds later.

Substitute Loic Remy’s second-half strike sealed the result for the Premier League leaders, with Spurs subsequently dropping to 10th in the table, having taken 20 points from their 14 matches.

One positive to take from the night, however, was the performance of emerging midfielder Nabil Bentaleb, who was making his second consecutive start after returning from a nagging ankle problem last week.

  Total Key PassesPassesPassing AccuracyTotal TacklesDuels WonDuel SuccessInterceptionsTotal DribblesDribble SuccessTouchesDispossessedMins Played
Nabil Bentaleb 0 87 90% 2 5 62.5% 2 3 100% 102 1 90

The 20-year-old Algeria international faced a daunting task against a star-studded line-up but was arguably Spurs’ best performer, impressing with his accomplished passing and calmness in possession.

He himself admitted to being disappointed at the result on the final whistle, but stressed that all focus is now on Saturday’s home game against Crystal Palace.

“We started well and had some chances, but unfortunately we didn’t take them,” he told the club’s official website.

“Sometimes it goes against you but the important thing is to keep your head up at all times.

“We’ll go back to the training ground, work hard and we have another game to prepare for now against [Crystal] Palace on Saturday.

“Now it’s about picking our heads up and working hard for the next game."

It remains to be seen whether Bentaleb will retain his place for the weekend but, given his past two outings, Pochettino should have him pencilled into the starting XI.

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