How Tottenham's players rated in their 2-0 win over Manchester City
After a steady start, Tottenham Hotspur’s season is really starting to gather pace. Two draws in their opening three games have been followed by four straight league victories, with the 2-0 win over Manchester City the most impressive of the lot.
Sunday’s win put Spurs within a point of their defeated opponents at the top of the Premier League table, giving them the perfect platform to launch a title challenge. If each of their players continues in this vain, they’ll be tough to stop.
Here’s how they rated:
Hugo Lloris – 7
Looked slightly shaky on a couple of occasions, especially when an awkward Aguero shot squirmed through him onto the post, but also never looked like being beaten. Marshalled an impressive defensive performance well.
Kyle Walker – 7
Stuck to his defensive duties diligently as he was held back slightly to counter the threat of Raheem Sterling. Consequently, he wasn’t as effective in the City half, but his disciplined display exemplified how much the Englishman has matured under Pochettino.
Jan Vertonghen – 7
A typically sound display from the Belgian in the heart of the defence. Didn’t have a particularly active influence on the game but the lack of impact from Aguero is testament to the quiet influence that Vertonghen exerted over the Argentinian.
Toby Alderweireld – 8
Another outstanding display from the league’s most outstanding defender. He dealt expertly with Aguero, and his reading of the game was truly excellent. Made several interceptions and clearances, as well as some perfectly timed tackles when they were needed.
Danny Rose – 8
Had more freedom than Walker to get forward, and made the most of it. Navas couldn’t track Rose’s pace and energy, and nor could he trouble him defensively. He was always an option on the left and his teasing cross got the Tottenham party rolling when Kolarov sliced it in. Despite being on the deck for much of the end of the game after some rough treatment, he still covered the whole touchline for 90 minutes.
Victor Wanyama – 8
Probably his most outstanding Tottenham performance to date. Not only did the Kenyan hold his position in front of the back four with consumate ease, but he also showed the athletic side to his game with a few surging runs forward. Didn’t have another holding midfielder with him but he effectively completed the work of two men. He just needs to rein in the late tackles a little.
Moussa Sissoko – 6
Terrified City with his energy and direct willingness to run at defenders, which made him a strong replacement for Dembele. Didn’t really have the finesse in the final third to trouble the City goal, but he played his part in Spurs’ excellent pressing game.
Christian Eriksen – 7
A slightly quiet game, perhaps, but he worked very hard in pressing the Manchester City defenders and winning the ball back for Spurs high up the pitch. Created a few good chances and narrowly missed the target with a whipped free kick. Interchanged well with Son and Alli.
Dele Alli – 8
Like Wanyama, this was Alli’s best performance of the season so far, and his goal was richly deserved. Off the ball he was terrific, getting in the face of the defenders, whilst maintaining a classy and strong presence on it. A really strong game from the youngster.
Erik Lamela – 6
Pressed well like all Spurs attackers but was not exceptional. His penalty was poor and represented a blot on what was a decent game, but his work was mainly done out of possession.
Son Heung Min – 7
Did well as a focal point up front, representing a real upgrade on Vincent Janssen. Held the ball up well when necessary and always looked to run in behind and cause problems. Couldn’t continue his goalscoring run from recent weeks, but tested the goal with a few good efforts. He’s made himself almost undroppable in the last few weeks.
Eric Dier (for Sissoko 72′) – 6
Held his position in midfield well but didn’t have any chance to influence proceedings. Spurs were under pressure when he came on and he was a calm influence.
Georges-Kevin N’Koudou (for Alli 86′) – N/A
Vincent Janssen (for Son 90′) – N/A
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