Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg was full of praise in an interview for Viaplay Fotball for Chelsea after their 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge.
The Denmark international fired home an equaliser in the second half, before Harry Kane’s injury time header rescued what had looked like an unlikely point.
The Blues dominated proceedings from the first minute, pressing high and not giving Spurs players time to breathe on what proved an intensely hot day in West London.
Hojbjerg in particular was under pressure from midfield pairing N’golo Kante and Jorginho throughout the fixture, with him claiming after the game that facing the Blues was as tough as facing Manchester City and Liverpool.
He said: “Listen it’s always difficult to come and play against Chelsea because they are a very good team.
“For me they are the same level as Manchester City and Liverpool, when they are in their flow.
Hojbjerg praises Chelsea
“They really play aggressive and dynamic football and it’s very difficult to stand against.”
Hearing that from someone at the heart of the ill-tempered London derby will no doubt bring great joy to Chelsea fans, who have had to endure a summer of being told they are in somewhat of a crisis.
Spurs were one of the clubs pundits were claiming were set to leapfrog the Blues, and even though the Blues didn’t pick up three points, their performance should have reminded everyone that they are a sensational squad.
The passion of manager Thomas Tuchel will have no doubt inspired Chelsea fans too, with the German being noticeably angry throughout the summer at the club’s preparations and transfer negotiations up to this point.
Even though it resulted in a red card at the end of the game, supporters will have emphasised with the emotions on display from the former PSG boss, feeling closer to their manager than ever before.