PLAYER RATINGS: Benfica 2-2 Spurs

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Dom Le Roy

Brad Friedel – Though he had some nervous moments dealing with high balls, he was reliable when called upon.

Kyle Naughton – Decent enough at the back but provided almost nothing in the attack.

Sandro – Dropped at the centre-back and had a solid display. Dealt with dangers confidently and used his strength to keep out Benfica all game.

Ezekiel Fryers – He partnered up well with Sandro at the back even though it’s not his natural position. He was solid and read the game well.

Danny Rose – He had a hard time stopping Salvio but he offered width and pace to the Spurs attack.

Nabil Bentaleb – He did not start the game well but he was one of the best players on the pitch in the second half. He was calm and collected and he showed his passing range.

Gylfi Sigurdsson – Should have done better with his set-piece deliveries. He worked hard but did not look like the player to unlock the Benfica defence.

Aaron Lennon – He was at fault for the first Benfica goal and hardly offered anything on the other side of the pitch with weak runs and bad passes.

Andros Townsend – He was livelier than his counterpart with his runs and pace but his decision making was poor. He had a chance in the second half but hit the side netting.

Nacer Chadli – Played as No.10 and showed his quality with two very well taken goals in two minutes to bring Spurs back in to the tie.

Roberto Soldado – Undoubtedly the worst player on the pitch. Missing a glorious chance in the first half and anonymous thereafter. He offered nothing until he was replaced by Harry Kane in the 71st minute.


Harry Kane – He was really enthusiastic after coming on for Soldado in the 71st minute and his assist to Chadli opened the scoring for Tottenham.

Christian Eriksen – Came on for Townsend in the 76th minute and had good contribution with his passing ability.

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  1. Not sure about your comments on Bentaleb, if you look back at Benfica's equaliser it was Bentaleb who gave away the ball in midfield which led to the penalty and at times he looked nervous on the ball, whether that's down to unfair criticism aimed at him in previous games I'm unsure. But at just 19, I would think Spurs fans who constantly bleat about him being in the starting line up would be better placed getting behind the 'whole team' like tonight!!

  2. Not sure what game you watched, unless by giving those scores you wish to illicit a response to your article. If so, then well done.

    Townsend 6
    Soldado 5
    Siggurdson 6

    I will be surprised if any of the above 3 see anymore game time this season.

  3. Regret do not agree- Benteleb 4, Soldato had 3 good chances, he must go 3, Naughton 6, Chadli 8, Townend very little value 4, Rose 7, Lennon 6, fryers 6
    Sandro 7.
    Overall 2nd half we deserved a win.!

  4. Townsend 4
    Sold a dud 3
    Lennon 4
    Naughton is a better defender than walker and has a better understanding of his role in the team.if we ever gel as a unit and he has more game time,his attacking threat will increase,rather than the kamikaze runs up field we get with bonzo leaving our team helpless.

  5. I saw Bentaleb make a couple of nice passes today. He was also responsible for another bad giveaway that lead to a goal. He's promising, but widely overrated at the moment.
    Nice to see a Spurs team with some fight.

  6. 15 minutes doesn’t make a summer. I did see for the first time I think all season some fine, cutting passing in the final 3 rd. ergo we had several chances and actually took 2. Despite all the support has has received despite his unacceptable bad form, I am no longer behind Soldado. Enough now time out.

    Sold a dildo 3

    Townsend. 4

    Bentaleb 7

    Lennon. 7

    Eriksen. 7

    Kane. 7

    MOTM Chadli 8

  7. Very impressed with Sandro and Fryers. The beast showed Dawson how to play centre back by holding the position and reading the dangers early and Vertonghen should take a look at Fryers attitude. A young novice, played out of position, got on with it and didn't look out of place. He did himself no harm at all. Disappointed with both wingers (Lennon captain ???????) and of course our blankety blank centre forward who looked totally clueless, but the rest did show some character at last.


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