Player Ratings: Anzhi 0-2 Tottenham

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Spurs produced a lethargic European away performance after AVB made 8 changes from the weekend, but they secured the 3 points that they needed to maintain a 100% record in Europe this year. The game was slow and dull and the pitch was terrible, but we head back to London with the all-important win – coupled with a clean sheet – to continue our impressive start to the season.

Hugo Lloris – 6 – Did what was required when he was (occasionally) called upon.

Kyle Walker – 6 – Solid, bagging an assist: I just hope he has enough left in the tank to produce a good performance against West Ham in 70 hours.

Vlad Chiriches – 6 – Started in a similar way to the Villa game – shakily – but he grew into it and he is clearly a very calm, composed and confident individual with the ball at his feet.

Younes Kaboul – 7 – Great to see Kaboul back, captaining the side again tonight, and I hope he can make a return to full fitness as he showed his power and presence today.

Zeki Fryers – 6 – A tidy performance from Fryers to show that he has potential to become a rather good full-back. Decent, if not inspiring.

Sandro – 6 – Commanding and emphatic as ever when required but ultimately he didn’t have too much to do as the pitch took the sting out of any attack and turned it into a scrappy midfield battle.

Mousa Dembele – 7 – Probably the best player on the pitch, intelligently getting the ball still on the floor and making sensible passes. Controlled the tempo of the game superbly.

Erik Lamela – 5 – Extremely quiet but I do want AVB to try him in the Premier League; he will probably find it easier to settle in there than in a European tie in Russia.

Lewis Holtby – 6 – Not as influential as in his other cup performances but still assisted Defoe and made a key contribution to Chadli’s goal, as well as testing the keeper with long shots twice.

Nacer Chadli – 7 – Looked hungry and dangerous throughout and took his goal well.

Jermain Defoe – 6 – Also finished his strike well but he is the not the type of striker you want up top on his own in a scrappy midfield battle; Soldado and Adebayor provide a much more ready outlet to aim for.


Substitutes

Michael Dawson – 6 – Made an important defensive header but had little else to do.

Gylfi Sigurdsson – 6 – Looked keen and eager but when he was on we were just retaining possession, not pushing forward.

Christian Eriksen – 6 – Quiet in his short cameo.

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6 COMMENTS

  1. I disagree that Holtby was a 6, I'd say he was along with Dembele our best player, deserving of a 7 at the least. He played two incisive passes- leading to goals, he tested the keeper, and looked calm on the ball. I'd go so far as to say he was our MOTM

  2. Agree with David. Holtby Was our most influential player. Vlad had a really good second halv.

    And Lamela needs a confidenceboost..

  3. Controlled the game easily should and could really be pushing to score more goals rather than pass the ball around for 45 minutes

  4. Player rating for Holtby after scoring 3 and providing 3 assists against Sherrif.
    Lewis Holtby 6 – Solid performance and didn't do too much wrong although didn't win many defensive headers.

  5. Totally agree with David.Holtby was the one making things happen on that ugly pitch.he made the crucial passes,waited for guys to open up rather than just pass for the sake of passing,was everywhere doing that he always does.

    I just wish Avb could play both Ericksen and Holtby on the same pitch in the league.those two can unlock defenses that a always boggy and offer more assists to the Soldier upfront or Defoe.

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