Spurs v AC Milan – Player Ratings

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A look back to the 0-0 draw that saw us progress to the quarter-finals of the Champions League at the first attempt and how the players did.

Heurelho Gomes – 5 – Gave the fans kittens with repetitive poor distribution. Even the saves he did have to make were often pushed back into the danger zone for a few defensive squirmings. Not sure what’s happening with him, but his form has gone south recently.

Vedran Corluka – 7 – Solid as ever. Not much got past him and had some good link-up play going forward. Keeps getting into positions to cross, but refuses to. Needs to learn that particular skill if he is to fend off next season’s challenge from Kyle Walker.

Benoit Assou-Ekotto – 7 – Did a good job, covering the defence well and making some important clearances. Didn’t get forward and over-lap Pienaar enough, but this was probably due to instructions to stay back. One of his better defensive performances in a Spurs shirt.

Michael Dawson – 8 – A rock. Headed everything and didn’t give Zlatan Ibrahimovic a clear sight on goal all game. Superb tackle early on in the game to deny the Swede a one-on-one with Gomes.

William Gallas – 8 – See Dawson. Assured confidence and experience meant that despite superior possession, Milan didn’t threaten the goal too much. Made a superb clearance off the line to keep the scores level in the first half.

Aaron Lennon – 8 – One of the few attacking bright lights in this display. His pace caused Milan some real problems and put in a few decent crosses.

Steven Pienaar – 6 – Some neat touches, but never looked a threat. You have to feel that once Bale is fit again, he will be the man to give way, as his Spurs career has yet to really take off.

Sandro – 9 – Wow. Just wow. Unconvincing in the early months of his Spurs career, we are really starting to see the shoots of a fantastic player. He tackled everything and stayed true to his position all game, only leaving it to make some blistering runs forward. What an engine, and what a player we could have on our hands. Only failure to win the game itself prevents a ten from being awarded.

Luka Modric – 6 – An understated and quiet game from the diminutive Croatian. Often sloppy in possession and just wasn’t as dynamic as we’re used to. Still linked up well at some points, but a quiet game for him.

Rafael Van Der Vaart – 6 – Didn’t look fit, quite simply. A little bit off the pace, which meant he wasn’t as quick getting away a couple of shots away. Should probably have done better with his chance in the first minute, but toe-poked wide.

Peter Crouch – 5 – After being such a threat in the first leg, Milan figured him out and ensured he was nothing of the sort here. Missed a big chance with his head in the second half and kept giving away free-kicks. Stayed on the pitch far too long, as his game clearly wasn’t working.

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Gareth Bale – 6 – Clearly still hampered by his injury, he wasn’t at his bombarding best. But just his presence on the field ensured that Ignazio Abate didn’t get forward as much as he had been, to good effect.

Jermaine Jenas – 6 – Showed some neat touches and a bit of composure in the midfield. Clearly brought on as a more defensively responsible midfielder to Pienaar, he did just that, sticking with Sandro to stop the Milan breakthrough.

Roman Pavlyuchenko – 6 – Not given long enough to make his impact and showed why as his running and chasing just made life difficult for the Milan defence, who had had a comfortable run until that point with the more static Crouch.

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13 COMMENTS

  1. Harry should have left Van on the Bench and Crouch will be better when Huddlestone comes back if he is fit we can go all the way and get in the top four.

  2. Crouch did a big big job as an lonely striker, sure he conceded too much freekicks but man he fought all game long. Should at least get a 7 rating

  3. Thought Crouch did brilliantly all considered, his game relies on us forcing a team back to defend deep, and we very rarely actually got far enough down the pitch to pin them back, as it was he was reduced to breaking up the play when we aimlessly hoofed it upfield and closing down seedorf/center backs, which I thought he did excellently.

    Also, I think I saw Pav actually do something for once which wasn’t score. Usually he’ll do nothing for 90 minutes, no chasing, successful passes or anything, just a goal. Ok, he didn’t get a goal this time, but it was nice to see him trying for once!

    Also felt you were a bit harsh on Pienaar, thought he was very solid, worked hard defencively and had some nice touches and link up play going forwards.

  4. Not interested makes a very good point.

    If not for Gomes Spurs would have been heading into the second leg 2-1 down.

    Bearing in mind they scored with their only chance over two legs and I think you’ll find you owe your keeper a lot.

    As for Spurs, the ‘attacking’ team, Harry deserves an Oscar for his pre-match talk.

    If an Italian team had sat on their lead like Spurs did in the second leg we’d have been hearing all sorts of catenaccio bullshit.

    But, it was an English team, so it will always go down as a defensive display, filled with grit and individual determination, rather than a team defending for their lives.

    Fair play to Spurs, but the manner of their victory will be glossed over with platitudes. They defended like ‘Italians’ and no-one will dare to admit it

  5. Bit of a harsh statement for Gomes!!! We havent had better then him for a long while!!! Since forever its been so long!!! Yes he has his moments but he's only human and he strives off confidence!!! and when hes feeling confident in a game it there for everyone to see, he is world class!!! He played his part just as well as everyone else and in some games he does more then his part but this could be said for a few other individuals in the squad too!!! I cant beleive how ungratefull and dimwitted our fans are!!! Do not underestimate how important off a player he is to us and the squad!!!

    SO GET OFF HIS BACK HATERS (AND EKOTTO'S) AND BE SUPPORTIVE (YOU PEOPLE NEVER KNOW HOW GOOD YOU GOT IT UNTILL ITS GONE!!!) GET BEHIND THE SQUAD FOR FK SAKE WE JUST REACH THE QUARTER FINALS OF CL!!! CHEER UP SON, SMILE COZ THE WHOLE SQUAD DESERVES CREDIT FOR WHY WERE ALL SMILING NOW AND LONG MAY ARE JOURNY OFF KNOCKING DOWN EUROPE CONTINUE!!! STEP BY STEP ON OUR MISSION TO CONQUER!!! TO DARE IS TO DO!!! COYSSSSSSSSSSS

  6. get off his back cos we are not interested in any truth just bollocks. This point system given out is crap. Some people getting six =for what? We were crap and have Gallas to thank not only at the lane but xsurely at San siro.Get behind the team at all times but don't be blinded by a result.If we get the krauts or chelsea in the next round we can get in the semis but not if we draw barca, they are beyond us.
    To dare is to do? Any other cliches anyone?

  7. vyper no offence but you need to wise up. Do you think harry sent the team out to defend like italians?we defended well but in desperation. if milan had decent strikers we'd be out.Have you heard the crits by Milan fans on Ibra? my sons a Milan fan and he says he can only score gainst wankers like parma or cesena.When he plays against a good side he never gets a goal. Yeah hes shit so whAT does that mean?
    gOOD TO SEE THE SCUM LOSE AGIAN

  8. It just does my head in when all we need is a moment of sanity and to calm things down a bit and Gomes rushes to bowl the ball straight out to one of their players. No question he is a great shot stopper. That is something he is naturally blessed with. What he doesn’t seem to have is common sense which is a worry. If he can’t command or calm a game down by now I doubt he will ever do this.

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