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Alderweireld stars: Tottenham player ratings from 1-0 win over Cardiff



Eric Dier of Tottenham scores against Cardiff

An early Eric Dier goal was enough to see off Cardiff City as we dominated possession. Tottenham were coming off a tough loss against Barcelona, but the Englishman got us off to the perfect start with a goal from a corner.

Cardiff had their chances and Toby Alderweireld saved an effort off the line in the first half. The Bluebirds were reduced to 10 men after Joe Ralls was sent off in the second half.

Tottenham couldn’t take advantage of their numerical advantage, however, and held on for an important three points. The win lifted us to third in the table, ahead of Sunday’s games.

There were a few stars for us at Wembley and here are the player ratings.

Hugo Lloris – 7.5/10

The Frenchman was a little slow in a couple of occasions and needed Alderweireld to make a clearance to keep the clean sheet. The keeper also pushed a header onto the post to ensure we get the three points.

Kieran Trippier – 7/10

The Englishman did a decent job as his cross led to the first goal. Trippier had a couple of crosses in the box and wasn’t troubled much.

Toby Alderweireld – 8/10

Alderweireld did a great job in keeping the away side from scoring. His first clearance was incredible and it came at an important time too.

Davinson Sanchez – 7/10

The Colombian’s header led to Dier’s goal in the eighth minute but the defender wasn’t dominant in the air, as he normally is.

Danny Rose – 7/10

The left-back wasn’t great in the first half but did much better in the second.

Eric Dier – 7.5/10

The midfielder had a much better game when compared to recent outings. Dier scored the only goal of the game and protected our defence.

Moussa Sissoko – 7.5/10

The Frenchman did a pretty good job in the first half with his link-up play and put in a quality shift for the home side.

Harry Winks – 7.5/10

This was a better performance from the youngster as he ran things in midfield. Winks had a few decent drives with the ball and seems to get better with each minute on the pitch.

Son Heung-min – 6.5/10

The South Korean got into a couple of good spots to shoot but missed the target. Son doesn’t look sharp this season and needs more minutes on the pitch.

Lucas Moura – 7.5/10

Moura had a great chance to score from a Trippier cross but his header was above the bar. The Brazilian was bright in the first half and was at the end of a cynical challenge from Ralls which saw the Cardiff man get red.

Harry Kane – 6.5/10

Kane tried to score and but the ball would not go into the net. It didn’t matter as we won the game and the Englishman can now think of international football.


Erik Lamela – 6/10

It was a surprise not seeing Lamela start but he did an OK job once he came on.

Victor Wanyama – NA

Wanyama came late on to shore things up.

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Ben Davies – NA

The Welshman was brought on late to keep things tight at the back.

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Injured West Ham star could return for Tottenham clash



Tottenham celebrate Carabao Cup win over Watford

West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini expects Robert Snodgrass to be back for the London derby against Tottenham on Saturday, according to the Evening Standard.

The Scot withdrew from the Nations League game against Portugal and returned to England for treatment, as per the report.

Snodgrass didn’t play in Scotland’s loss to Israel, and the Hammers knew about his issue and were in communication with the national team.

West Ham were on a decent run before a 1-0 loss against Brighton & Hove Albion before the international break. The Hammers beat Manchester United at the London Stadium and even held Chelsea to a 0-0 draw.

Tottenham, for their part, will have a few players out with injuries. Jan Vertonghen is out till next month, as per the report, and a number of players could be last-minute call-ups as they fight to regain fitness.

Jan Vertonghen

Visiting the London Stadium will not be easy, especially after the international break but we have to win these games to keep the pressure on the league leaders.

Tottenham are a couple of points behind the pace-setting trio of Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City, and it will be important to see how we fare against our rivals on Saturday.

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Spurs face PSV Eindhoven in a must-win Champions League encounter after the trip to the Hammers. Tottenham then take on Manchester City at home, which should be an incredible encounter.

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(Photos) Tottenham youngster pictured training with Argentina stars



Juan Foyth

Juan Foyth

Juan Foyth hasn’t made an appearance for Tottenham this season but was called up for the international friendlies against Brazil and Saudi Arabia.

The youngster played eight times for Spurs last season but didn’t make a Premier League appearance. The Argentine joined Spurs from Estudiantes at the start of the previous campaign and shared some images of his time with the national side.

The 20-year-old defender was spotted with Santiago Ascacibar, Walter Kannemann, Fabri Bustos and Renzo Saravia.

The Argentine’s return to fitness will be a boost for the rest of the season and hopefully, he will get a few games for the club.

Tottenham have some injury concerns with Jan Vertonghen picking up a hamstring injury in our win over Huddersfield. The Belgian could be out till December and Mauricio Pochettino might have to rotate his team to ensure everyone stays fresh.

Tottenham’s next clash is against West Ham at London Stadium and it will be interesting to see who will play for the Champions League game against PSV Eindhoven.

Spurs lost their opening two games in their group and have to defeat the Dutch giants if we are to have any chance of making it to the knockout round.

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Foyth will hope for a few chances to impress the side and if he gets a few minutes for Argentina, it will certainly boost his confidence.

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(Photos) Tottenham star shares images from national side’s training session



Davinson Sanchez

Davinson Sanchez played for Colombia in their recent 4-2 win over the USA in an international friendly. The central defender has started eight games for Tottenham in all competitions this season and played against the likes of Barcelona and Inter Milan.

Colombia face Costa Rica in another friendly and Sanchez was in great spirits as he shared a few images of his team-mates in training.

The defender shared an image of Edwin Cardona and Matheus Uribe as Sanchez seemed to be dribbling the ball.

The 22-year-old also put up another picture of the entire Colombia squad from training. Stars such as Juan Cuadrado and Carlos Bacca were seen posing, and the team will look to pick up another win over Costa Rica in the coming days.

Sanchez had a decent World Cup with the national side but he has had some tough outings for Tottenham this season.

The Colombian played in our losses to Watford, Barcelona and Inter Milan and we need to buck up in the Champions League.

Our next two games are against PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League group and we have to win those fixtures if we have any chance of making it to the knockout rounds.

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Sanchez should get more games for the Lilywhites as Jan Vertonghen is out with a hamstring injury and could return in December.

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