Player Ratings: Spurs vs Lyon


Spurs battled hard to beat Lyon on Thursday night but eventually the sheer class of Gareth Bale defeated the French. Still, it was a very solid defensive display by Spurs although they didn’t show too much going forward.

Brad Friedel – 7 – didn’t have too much to do, other than deal with a load of dodgy Gallas backpasses. No chance for the goal.

Kyle Walker – 8 – one of his best games of the season in my opinion. Solid defensively and extremely potent going forward, drilling in some great crosses.

William Gallas – 7 – Played well and his experience came to the fore. Ironically, a superb defensive header led to the Umtiti goal.

Jan Vertonghen  – 6 – Didn’t do anything wrong but hardly set the world alight. Solid as ever.

BAE  – 6 – Defensively sound and decent going forward.

Aaron Lennon – 7 – Yet again, terrorised defences with his dribbling without ever really achieving too much. Still, worked extremely hard as ever and helped out in defence effectively.

Scott Parker – 6 – his age showed in this game in terms of his on the ball ability, but off the ball and defensively he performed as solidly as ever.

Mousa Dembélé – 8 – first half, he ran the show, before going a bit quiet in the second half. His slide rule pass to Adebayor was sensational and deserved a goal.

Clint Dempsey  – 6 – worked as hard as ever but failed to really make any chances. Put in a good shift and just lacked service.

Gareth Bale – 8 – not the best performance, but his two free kicks were sublime. Proved his worth to Spurs yet again and showed how he can turn a match in an instant.

Emmanuel Adebayor – 6 – missed a great chance but in general worked much harder than pre-ACON. Looks like goals will come if he keeps making the same runs he was in this game.



Lewis Holtby – looked spritely and got involved without really achieving much. Looks like he is acclimatising to English football and he will eventually click.

Gylfi Sigurdsson – didn’t have time to influence the game off the bench. AVB needs to give him a longer spell on the pitch so that he can shine.

Jake Livermore – all that he really achieved was to wear the captain’s armband for a minute or two.

By Alex Beck

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  1. Have to disagree with your rating of Benny and Dembele. Benny deserved an 8 and Dembele a sluggish 6. The vertonghen issue for me is that when he roams through the midfield with the ball the attacking midfield and strikers offer him no option whatsoever. He always lets them know. Adebayor should be sold to a glue factory cos he's a knackered old cart horse who should'nt be wearing the shirt. Actually I despise the chap. There i said it. COYS.

  2. Need to take some of these ratings to more decisive level. French teams are very skillful in defence, although the goal keeping in this game was woeful for them. Lenny and Parker were quite susceptible to having the ball stripped from them. Wm Gallas showed the best he can be with his age group, the most dependable of the Tottie defenders.
    The most glaring lack of ability or desire was , once again, E. Adebayor. It raises my hackles to see how he reacts after not latching on to a pass, or is run off the ball by opponents. He throws up his hands and starts walking back slowly towards midfield. He does not even pressure defenders after losing a tussle. Compared to the Chelsea forward, he comes across as a spoiled ameteur. when that man has a substandard game offensively, he shows more harassing and chasing than any other forward in the League. Ade in contrast is lazy and poor in reaction. It is going to be difficult to unload this Togoan to any other team after they all see his work ethic this season. Perhaps we will be able to give him back to Man City and cover part of his salary, an ironic disaster.


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