Spurs 3-0 Inter Milan: Player Ratings

5

Now THAT is what I call a European performance. Dangerous in attack, solid in defence, playing at a ferociously high tempo throughout the 90 minutes. This certainly wasn’t the Inter of a few years ago; but with that performance I think we’d have beaten them too. It’s hard to pick faults in that display.

Brad Friedel – 7 – didn’t have that much to do, but did it well. A great save with his foot in the second half denied Inter a valuable away goal, and he did well claiming crosses and through balls.

Kyle Walker – 6 – played pretty well, defensively and offensively. Nothing else to really say here.

William Gallas – 7 – another solid performance in the centre of defence. He is slightly unlucky to still be maligned by a lot of the WHL faithful; he always gives his all and has played extremely well in our European run so far.

Jan Vertonghen – 8 – a similarly solid defensive performance, but with a goal to add to that. It was a good header – even if he was unmarked and only 8 yards out. Took the ball forward on marauding runs on occasion and had success.

BAE – 6 – Not much to do, did it well. Contributed offensively at times too.

Scott Parker – 8 – one of his best games since his return from injury. Together with the Moose, he bossed the midfield; not much got through him in the centre and he contributed greatly in attack too, linking up with the right wingeffectively.

Mousa Dembele – 8 – together with Scott, he dominated the centre of the pitch. Put on a turn of pace to beat his man about 68 times; a great attacking performance from the Moose, and the Parker-Dembele partnership is beginning to flourish.

Aaron Lennon – 7 – extremely hard-working, as always; puts in a shift offensively and defensively. A good pass leading to the Sigurdsson goal; always a threat down the right wing.

Gareth Bale – 7 – a well taken header and a couple of great mazy runs. A super corner for the SuperJan header, and an all-round good display from the Welsh wizard. Loses a mark for the dive.

Gylfi Sigurdsson – 8 – a goal, an assist and a hard working display from the Icelander. He is the definition of taking your chance when it comes; 6 months on the sidelines but now he is looking like the man we saw at Swansea last year.

Jermain Defoe – 7 – He may be small, but Spurs look so much better with this pocket of energy up front than Ade. Was so desperate to get a goal, and was unlucky not to. But on the evidence of this display, it won’t be long before he finds the net regularly again.

Substitutes:

Lewis Holtby – 6 – wanted the ball and provided his usual energy in his brief cameo, but didn’t create too much. By the time he came on, we were 3-0 up and the forward runs just weren’t there for him to find.

Jake Livermore – 6 – he’s a decent midfielder; I wouldn’t be too worried if he was forced to play a few games in the side.

Kyle Naughton – 6 – playing on the right wing; didn’t have enough time to influence the game.

What are your thoughts on the game? Do you agree with my ratings?

By Alex Beck

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5 COMMENTS

  1. Your ratings are near enough , I thought the tendency to play the ball back , often to Brad was far too often and his distribution was very poor.

  2. kyle is definately getting back to where he was last year, all round as they say – a great time to be a Spurs fan, even though have to watch from the couch here in South Africa.

  3. Personally think Friedel's ratings aren't higher on various sites. He had that MASSIVE kicksave in the 2nd half on a 1-on-1 and a great placement on another 1-on-1 in the first half which led to the striker missing the goal. That's two 1-on-1 chances that if Friedel wasn't huge, could've made this tie shockingly 3-2. Friedel should at least get an 8.5, in my opinion.

  4. I thought Walker was actually better than a 6. He has recently started to believe his hype and not do the simple defensive things well, but against Inter he was great forwards and worked very hard to track back

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