PLAYER RATINGS: Tottenham 0-1 Manchester City

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Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Hugo Lloris – He had not much to deal with in the game and he kept out Kolarov’s long range effort. He made a judgement call on Aguero’s shot and dived to his right but the Argentine got the better of him.

Eric Dier – The young Englishman was really good at right back as he delivered a barrage of crosses into the box. He was also sound at the back and controlled his position well.

Danny Rose – He was incredibly active all game long as he kept running up and down the pitch. He had a great battle with Milner on both sides of the pitch. His crossing was really good today as his cross in the injury time could have been an assist.

Federico Fazio – Like in the game at Etihad, he did not know how to handle Aguero. He never looked composed and Aguero’s movement troubled him all game long. He was not good on the ball either as he was always one step away from making a colossal mistake.

Jan Vertonghen – He was the better of the centre-back pairing as he had some really important tackles and blocks. He was confident on the ball as well and he found his teammates with a range of good passes.

Nabil Bentaleb– He battled the City midfielders so well while defending, but he couldn’t provide the quality passes in the attacking third. He showed his skills with great flicks and touches that fans enjoyed.

Christian Eriksen – The Dane did not look comfortable from the start as he seemed to lack focus. His passing was alright but his movement and decision making were not good enough to stay on the pitch.

Ryan Mason – He was full of running and energy in the midfield and wasn’t afraid to tackle City players. He could have even scored a goal from Kane’s perfect cross if not for Joe Hart.

Nacer Chadli – His best moment came at the start of the game when he couldn’t find Lamela in the box in a 2-on-1 situation. That did not get him hungrier in the game as he got less effective as the game went on.

Erik Lamela – His best match for Spurs without a doubt. He was full of running and energy as he gave the City defence a scare every time he touched the ball around the box. He could have definitely better with his decision making in the attacking areas but it was promising nonetheless.

Harry Kane – He led the line well enough as he was everywhere on the pitch today. He ran behind the defence, linked up with his teammates and delivered crosses into the box. However, he had two great chances that he squandered and he should have looked for his teammates when he got a 1-on-1 against Hart.  Especially as I had used my promo code for SkyBet to back Kane to score.

Subs

Roberto Soldado – He replaced Eriksen with 30 minutes to go but he never really got a chance to find an equalizer for his team.

Paulinho – He was superb in the 20 minutes he was on the pitch as he forced couple of saves out of Hart. He looked for the ball and ran with purpose but he couldn’t affect the score line.

Emmanuel Adebayor – He came on late and tried to find the goal from impossible angles. He looked desperate and that might be what Spurs need from him in the future.

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4 COMMENTS

  1. Mason a7? I thought he was awful (again) conceded possession dangerously again and played countless passes to the opposition. Is he colour blind? Start Paulinho next time, he looked more of a goal threat in 20 minutes than Mason has for weeks. Chadli better than him for sure, and Fazio worth more than a 5 too. We should loan Mason out to Swindon next season – at least he might be able to pick out a red shirt.

  2. I agree Paulinho shoud be starting a head of him for sure,the defence is looking a lot better we nearly kept a clean sheeti but it's the usual Tottenham building up one player than trying to build a team round them,

  3. mason was a 4, Paulinho gave us the only threat to there goal all game, Lamela had one iof his best games, and he was ordinary. Kane is looking one dimensional, and has stopped looking for other players to pass to(probable because most of them are awful).

  4. Mason didn’t follow Agueros run on the counterattack after Spurs cornerkick, but tried foolishly to set him offside. If he had made the run with him, he would have had the chance to stop his shot, or make the angle worse – therby giving lloris a better chance to make a save.

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