Friday, November 22, 2019

Tottenham One-On-One Analysis: Spurs Deliver Overall Underwhelming Performance

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Hugo Lloris (5): Nothing to do on the two goals he conceded. Hard to say more things about him since he barely got involved outside of those two sequences.

Kieran Trippier (5): Had a tough time trying to stop Sadio Mane since the Senegalese’s pace gave the Englishman lots of problems. He couldn’t offer much on the attacking end during the first half. However, he improved after the break and was a constant threat on the right flank in the second 45 minutes.

Toby Alderweireld (6): Since Liverpool didn’t create many chances in the first half, Alderweireld didn’t have a lot of work. He had a bit more work in the second half when Tottenham left more spaces at the back and made a game-saving clearance in the 70th minute.

Jan Vertonghen (5): The Belgium international struggled to make an impact on the game due to the fact that Liverpool barely created chances bar from the goal and a few long-range shots.

Danny Rose (6): Rose got off to a slow start and was forced to play more defensively in the first half since he had to deal with the threat of both Mohamed Salah and Trent Alexander-Arnold. Improved in the second half and finished the game as one of the Spurs’ biggest attacking threats.

Moussa Sissoko (5): Committed a penalty just 25 seconds into the game. However, the Frenchman improved and imposed his physicality in the middle of the pitch. Controlled the tempo although his distribution and passing overall was poor. Left the pitch injured in the 74th minute replaced by Eric Dier.

Harry Winks (4): Operated as a box-to-box midfielder but wasn’t able to make much of an impact. Ended a bit lost playing alongside Moussa Sissoko, who covered lots of ground, and Christian Eriksen, who operated on a more attacking stance. Replaced by Lucas Moura in the 66th minute.

Dele Alli (4): The speedy winger was unable to make an impact during the first half, often looking uncomfortable and making bad decisions when on possession. Had a decent chance to score during the second half, but finished it poorly following a decent pass from Son Heung-min. Replaced by Fernando Llorente in the 82nd minute.

Christian Eriksen (5): The Danish star started the game as an attacking midfielder, but certainly didn’t look like that. Operated too far away from the opposing goal to become a constant attacking threat. Improved in the second half, but moved into a central midfield role once Moura entered the pitch. Had a chance with a free kick in the 84th minute, but not much else.

Son Heung-min (7): Looked active in the final meters and constantly created havoc on Liverpool’s back four given his dribbling skills. Out of Tottenham’s four attacking players, he was the most threatening by a wide margin and created Tottenham’s best scoring chances.

Harry Kane (5): Returned from injury and he looked quite rusty during the first half. He was easily annulled by Virgil van Dijk and barely touched the ball, something that didn’t change after the break.

Substitutes

Lucas Moura (66’) (5): The Brazilian was decisive in the semifinal tie against Ajax, but that wasn’t the case here. The former PSG winger struggled to pose a threat on the wing. Had only one chance to score, but missed it badly.

Eric Dier (74’) (-): Brought on to replace Sissoko due to an injury. Did not play enough to deserve a rating.

Fernando Llorente (82’) (-): Played limited minutes. Did not play enough to deserve a rating.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Juan Pablo Aravena


A freelance writer and sports analyst with almost five years of experience in the industry before joining SoccerNews, Juan Pablo Aravena is based in Chile and currently contributes to several publications and websites including SoccerNews, 12up, and Sports From The Basement, while also working as a fantasy beat writer for RotoWire, as a database editor for EA Sports, and as a football analyst for SmartOdds and InsideFutbol. His areas of focus are Serie A, Bundesliga, Premier League, LaLiga, and Ligue 1, but he has also written about MLS and South American football in the past.

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