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Thursday 22 February 2018

Tottenham v Manchester City player ratings

Dele Alli celebrates scoring Tottenham's second goal
Dele Alli celebrates scoring Tottenham's second goal


Hugo Lloris: Would have expected a much busier afternoon but did what was needed when called upon. 6 (out of 10)

Kyle Walker: Was a constant threat going forward down the right for the hosts and never minds getting his foot in at the back either. 7

Toby Alderweireld: Another strong showing from the Belgian as he and compatriot Vertonghen dealt with the threat of Aguero, Sterling et al. 8

Jan Vertonghen: Looks so comfortable next to Alderweireld as the pair appear to be the best pairing in the division at present. 7

Danny Rose: Gets forward as well as Walker and it was his cross which led to the opening goal. 7

Victor Wanyama: Played his role as the destroyer perfectly as he shielded the Tottenham back four. Booked for a crude foul on Aguero but kept his head. 8

Christian Eriksen: Still not completely at the races after a slow start to the season. 6

Dele Alli: Scored just his second goal of the campaign and showed glimpses of his best. Fouled for the penalty. 8

Moussa Sissoko: Ran the show and was the epitome of a Tottenham side which hassled and harried their opponents. More than deserved a rest towards the end of the game. 9

Erik Lamela: Missed a golden chance to put Spurs three up when he saw his penalty saved by Bravo. Decent showing other than that. 7

Son Heung-min: Worked his socks off as the main striker and could have added to his impressive recent goal-tally. Caught offside too often. 8


Eric Dier (for Sissoko, 72): Came on to shore things up and did just that. 6

Georges-Kevin Nkoudou (for Alli, 85): A change to give Alli a rest and waste some valuable seconds. 5

Vincent Janssen (for Son, 90): Another chance for Mauricio Pochettino to run down the clock and introduce fresh legs. 5


Claudio Bravo: His distribution was again questionable and is becoming a target for opposing strikers. Saved Lamela's penalty. 6.

Pablo Zabaleta: Always gives his all down the right for City and it was his defensive colleagues who were more culpable here. 6

John Stones: A bright spark in City's poor defensive display. Can certainly play out from the back as shown with a mazy first-half run. 6

Nicolas Otamendi: Looked unsettled for much of the contest and lost Alli for the second goal. 4

Aleksandar Kolarov: Had plenty of time to deal with Rose cross but ended up turning it past his own goalkeeper. Does not appear to suit Pep Guardiola's full-back ideology. 5

Fernando: Asked to shield City's defence but sacrificed early in the second half with Guardiola's men chasing the game. 5

Jesus Navas: Has pace to burn but hardly any end-product and was taken off as the visitors got more strikers on. 5

Fernandinho: Playing further upfield under Guardiola but offered little in attack and also fouled Alli to concede second-half spot-kick. 6

David Silva: A quiet afternoon for the diminutive Spaniard who seemed to miss the presence of Kevin De Bruyne alongside. 6.

Raheem Sterling: Not at the same high level as in recent weeks and failed to create opportunities to cut Tottenham open. 6

Sergio Aguero: Boasted nine goals in eight games against Spurs before Sunday but hardly had a sniff of goal. 6


Ilkay Gundogan (for Fernando, 53): Did not change the game as much as Guardiola would have liked. 5.

Kelechi Iheanacho (for Navas, 66): Missed a marvellous one-on-one chance to get City back into the contest. 5

Leroy Sane (for Sterling, 87): Had little chance to influence the match. 5

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