Tottenham Hotspur were held to a 2-2 draw in their first Europa Conference League group stage match of the season, with Rennes putting in a spirited display.
Let’s take a look at how the individual players got on:
Pierluigi Gollini – 6 – Made a couple of smart saves and there was nothing he could do about the opening goal. Had to do much better on the second though as he parried it straight to the Rennes forward.
Matt Doherty – 6.5 – A couple of good runs forward but without much end product. Wasn’t brave enough on the ball, dangerous enough going forward, or solid enough at the back. The one good cross he got into the box resulted in a goal, so deserves credit there.
Japhet Tanganga – 6 – Stood off a little bit this evening, perhaps scared to dive in after that red card. Gave Rennes a little too much respect but some good moments too. Much better in the second half.
Joe Rodon – 7 – Tottenham’s best defender, both aerially and on the deck. Unfortunately, everything was rather frantic for Spurs and the majority of his good work came on the back foot. Considering he is just back from injury, very good.
Ben Davies – 5.5 – Let Rennes in behind too often on their right side and was also very unremarkable on the ball and in offering an attacking outlet.
Oliver Skipp – 6 – Really struggled to take control in the centre of midfield and was often over-run. One nice moment as he picked out Kane with a simple pass in the build-up to the opener. Improved a bit in the second half when he had more support in Hojbjerg.
Tanguy Ndombele – 8 – His first game back and he was trying to make things happen. Lots of attacking runs off the ball, tracking back, working hard, creating chances. If everyone else was at their best, he could have been the spark. Couldn’t do it alone.
Bryan Gil – 6.5 – Really struggled to get a foothold in the game and his role was often reduced to chasing Rennes players around the pitch in the first half. In the second 45, his crossing left a lot to be desired. It’s still yet to click for Tottenham’s raw talent.
Steven Bergwijn – N/A – Went off injured early on.
Lucas Moura – 6.5 – Forced the opening goal with his deflected cross and seemed to be the most likely source of anything positive again, just like at Crystal Palace. He picked up an injury 50 minutes in and had to be replaced.
Harry Kane – 6 – A wonderful pass to set Moura away for the opening goal. Unfortunately, no one was really creating for him so he had to drop deep and try it himself. Went off early around the 55-minute mark.
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg – 7.5 – Took a little bit of time to grow into the game, lots of sideways passing. However, he burst into life in the last 25 minutes and popped up with a goal, as well as some lovely positive passing.
Emerson Royal – 6 – Came on at right-wing to replace the injured Moura. He was a good outlet for Spurs, albeit without much of a killer instinct as he is primarily a defender.
Dane Scarlett – 6 – Worked really hard after coming on and showed some lovely movement. His closest chance was a wide header but not a poor performance at all.
Dele Alli – N.A
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