Tottenham v Bayer Leverkusen player ratings - London Football News

Tottenham v Bayer Leverkusen player ratings

Tottenham survived an anxious second half to come away from their Champions League game at Bayer Leverkusen with a goalless draw. Here’s how we rated Mauricio Pochettino’s men in Germany.

Hugo Lloris: 9

If only for the magnificent save on the line to deny Javier Hernandez – not just a strong wrist to keep out a certain goal but then smothered the ball before it could go over the line.  Had a few hairy moments but also made several other good saves.

Kieran Trippier: 7

Got forward well and could have had an assist had Dele Alli and Vincent Janssen buried headers from the ex-Burnley man’s crosses. Got pinned back a bit in the second half but it was a solid display.

Eric Dier: 6

Although originally a centre-half, he sometimes looks unconvincing there having played more recently in midfield. This was one of those occasions when he looked a little unsure of himself.

Jan Vertonghen: 8

Organised the defence superbly, particularly in the closing stages when Spurs were coming under pressure. He made some good tackles and timely interceptions.

Danny Rose: 8

Bright in the first half and showed maturity in the second when he had to dig in defensively. Developing into a top-class full-back on the biggest stage.

Victor Wanyama: 8

Tireless display, covering as much ground as he could to try and protect the back four. Broke up play well and used the ball efficiently, if not particularly imaginatively.

Dele Alli: 6

Deployed deeper to help out Wanyama but got caught between the dual role of defensive screen and making late runs. His passing was poor and he missed a golden opportunity to give Spurs the lead when nodding Trippier’s cross wide.

Erik Lamela: 6

Did force Bernd Leno into a save – Spurs’ only shot on target of the entire 90 minutes – but he was also the first player to be sacrificed, replaced for the final 20 minutes by Moussa Sissoko.

Christian Eriksen: 6

A quiet game for the Dane, who was tidy on the ball without ever representing a threat. He was reduced to hopeful crosses which didn’t find their targets.

Son Heung-min: 6

Unlike another ex-Leverkusen player, Dimitar Berbatov – who scored the winning goal the only time these two sides met previously – he couldn’t make a match-defining impact. A largely peripheral performance on his return to the BayArena, even when he went up front in the final quarter of the game.

Vincent Janssen: 6

Denied his first Spurs goal from open play by an offside flag and then hit the bar with a header. Worked hard to take up good positions, before being replaced by Moussa Dembele just after the hour mark.

Moussa Dembele: 7

Came on to shore up midfield midway through the second half when it was clear the tide of the game was turning towards Leverkusen. Had more touches of the ball in 26 minutes than Janssen had in the previous 64.

Moussa Sissoko: 6

Replaced Lamela, presumably to add some energy and pace on the break, but he did not see much of the ball.


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