Hugo Lloris – His return to the team was a decent one as he kept Diouf out in multiple occasions until the 83rd minute. He looked a bit rusty but couldn’t have done anything to prevent either of the Stoke goals.
Kyle Walker – The right back had a forgettable afternoon as he was booked early for a challenge on Arnautovic and he never managed to really support the Spurs attacks. The introduction of Ireland put even more pressure on him, and both of the Stoke goals came from his side.
Ben Davies – A decent, no nonsense performance from the left back as he was his usual self at the back. He was great defensively and he joined the attacks really well in the first half and provided the assist for Chadli’s goal.
Toby Alderweireld – He was doing okay until the 78th minute when he gave away an unnecessary penalty to Stoke that got them back in the game. He gave away too many headers to Stoke attackers, especially Diouf, in the box.
Jan Vertonghen – He picked up his relationship with Alderweireld where he left off at Ajax as he was really good on the ball and composed defensively. However, he was outmuscled and outsmarted by Diouf in the box multiple times.
Eric Dier – He did his duty remarkably well as he anchored the midfield and helped his back line with a solid display. He opened the scoring with a nice header and did not make many mistakes.
Christian Eriksen – His passing game was on point as he picked up an assist for Dier’s goal and he should have had more but for Chadli’s inability to dribble. He did make his mistakes however, as he killed couple of decent attacking actions with bad passing choices.
Ryan Mason – He was really energetic and direct with the ball but he showed his value in the defensive side of things as well. He should have done better with his shot from just outside the box and with his chance created by Kane.
Nacer Chadli – The Belgian was brilliant in the first half, as he was active all around the pitch and complemented Harry Kane perfectly. He should have doubled Spurs’ lead from Eriksen’s pass, but he did it anyway from Davies’ cross. He was forced to lead the line in the second half and that put the pressure on him and the team.
Moussa Dembele – The Belgian was good with his touch and movement, but his passing was not good enough to create chances today. He was the most energetic in the second half but he lost his touch in the attacking third.
Harry Kane – He had a strange game as his shooting and movement let him down at times but his passing was superb. He created a perfect chance for Mason who wasted the opportunity but his superb chipped pass to Davies created the second goal.
Erik Lamela – A terrible sub performance. It makes it even worse that he came on for Kane. He couldn’t hold the ball, make a decent tackle or even pass to his teammates at times.
Nabil Bentaleb – He did not bring the energy that Mason did in the game and as a result Spurs lost momentum and possession of the ball. Not a great start to the season for the Algerian.
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