PLAYER RATINGS: Tottenham Hotspur 4-1 Manchester City

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Dom Le Roy

Hugo Lloris – He had no chance with De Bruyne’s goal but he was commanding all around and eased the pressure off his teammates in the first half. He made some great saves from Sterling, Toure and Navas.

Kyle Walker – He was at fault for the City goal with a terrible pass on the edge of the opposition box, but he was superb defensively against Sterling. He matched the City winger’s pace and blocked his way to get his team back in the game.

Ben Davies – He was alright in the first half considering he had to battle both De Bruyne and Sagna by himself. He was not good on the ball though and he had some poor passes. However, with the help of Son on the left, he was superb defensively in the second half even though most of City’s attacks came from his side.

Toby Alderweireld – He had another good game as he made some important tackles and interceptions at the right times. He gave his team the lead in the second half with a good header and kept his composure for the rest of the game.

Jan Vertonghen – He was put under pressure by Aguero and De Bruyne in the first half but he grew into the game with some nice take-ons and passes. He was great defensively in the second half and gave nothing to the City attackers.

Eric Dier – This was his best game yet as he had a brilliant defensive midfield performance. He started the game a bit shaky, but he grew into the game and provided much needed protection for his back four. He slowly reduced De Bruyne’s effectiveness as time went on and scored a beauty to bring his team back in the game.

Dele Alli – He was the lesser of the midfield pairing as he could not provide the attacking spark we are used to seeing from him. However, his work rate and defensive performance was really good and he did not yield anything to the more experienced central midfield partnership of City.

Heung-Min Son – He was almost anonymous in the first half apart from a weak shot on goal, but he was livelier in the second half. He took away Chadli’s goal by tapping his header in from an offside position.

Christian Eriksen – He was another one of Spurs attackers who did not provide much creativity in the attacking third but he played his part in Harry Kane’s goal with a superbly taken free kick. He certainly looks like he needs some time to shake off the effects of his injury.

Erik Lamela – A man of the match performance from Spurs’ record breaking signing as he was outstanding throughout the game. His work rate did not drop one bit from the first minute. He was not great going forward in the first half but he stepped up big time in the second. He tackles were remarkable and he did not look weak at all compared to the likes of Fernando and Fernandinho.

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  1. Team of giants out there today in white shirts, and they slew the mercenary giants from the north. Lamela outstanding, in fact a whole load of them outstanding. Brilliant purchases this summer, we look so dangerous going forward with so much pace in the team. Even N'jie looked up for it when he came on. Walker MUST stop making errors though.


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