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Alli gets 8.5/10, Son shines with 9/10 – Tottenham player ratings from 1-0 win over Manchester City

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Tottenham vs Manchester City ratings: Tottenham player ratings

Tottenham made it another night to remember at the new stadium as we defeated Manchester City 1-0 in the Champions League quarter-finals first leg.

Manchester City came into the tie with a great record in 2019 but were undone by a charged up Tottenham side.

Son Heung-min got the only goal of the game in the second half but this was a tie evenly contested with Spurs shading the game in many areas.

City seemed to be affected by playing in our new home but were awarded a controversial penalty with Danny Rose adjudged to have handled the ball.

The Englishman looked perplexed as did most of the Spurs players as the referee consulted VAR.

Hugo Lloris stepped up to make a great save from Sergio Aguero and that set the tone for the team.

Spurs were harrying their opponents and it was a miracle that no one was sent off from City as they targetted Harry Kane.

The Englishman, however, had to be replaced after a tough duel with Fabian Delph. This would be a blow for Spurs if he doesn’t return for the rest of the season, but the night belonged to Son and the team as we carry a lead into the second leg.

Tottenham player ratings

Hugo Lloris – 8/10

Set the tone for the game with a great save from the penalty. The Frenchman has had a tough time in recent weeks but didn’t have much to do in the rest of the game.

Kieran Trippier – 7.5/10

Trippier has also had a tough time this season but did a great job against Raheem Sterling in keeping the Englishman quite.

Jan Vertonghen – 8/10

The Belgian didn’t score in this Champions League home tie but he did a good job in shutting out Sergio Aguero.

Toby Alderweireld – 8.5/10

The other Belgian defender was excellent too as he kept the Argentine attacker in check and was the better of the pair.

Danny Rose – 7.5/10

The left-back didn’t let the initial penalty affect his performance as he did a great job in attacking the City team and was solid at the back.

Moussa Sissoko – 8/10

Sissoko was solid in the midfield as he made things difficult for City. He had some great surging runs and also had a fantastic tackle on Sterling in the first half.

Harry Winks – 8/10

Winks was making his first start in almost a month but that didn’t faze him. The Englishman was great with the ball and was applauded by the fans when subbed.

Christian Eriksen – 8/10

Eriksen was great with the ball at his feet but some of his deliveries from free-kicks were disappointing. The Dane looked composed in the midfield and got the assist for the goal.

Dele Alli – 8.5/10

Alli didn’t get a goal in the game but he was excellent throughout with his runs and pressing. This was possibly one of his best performances this season and it came at the right time.

Son Heung-min – 9/10

The South Korean created history against Crystal Palace and did it again against City. He scored the late winner with a fierce finish below Ederson. Son was all energy in the game and the goal could not have come at a better time.

Harry Kane – 7/10

Kane seemed to be targeted by the City defence and his night ended early after a nasty challenge by Fabian Delph.

Substitutes

Lucas Moura – 6/10

The Brazilian did a good job replacing Kane with half an hour or so to go.

Victor Wanyama – 5/10

Brought some added steel into the midfield.

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Fernando Llorente – NA

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Tottenham interested in summer move for young £40m Premier League star

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Tottenham transfer news: Spurs interested in signing Youri Tielemans in the summer

Tottenham are weighing up a move for Leicester City midfielder Youri Tielemans, reports the Daily Mirror (h/t Leicester Mercury).

Youri Tielemans, 21, has impressed since joining Leicester on loan from Monaco in January, with Adrien Silva heading in the opposite direction. Leicester are keen to strike a deal but there’s no buy clause in the loan agreement, so the Foxes have to strike a separate deal and may have to splash around £40m for his permanent signing in the summer (h/t Leicester Mercury).

Tottenham have been linked with the Belgian midfielder as Mauricio Pochettino looks to bolster his midfield options but the Daily Mirror (h/t Leicester Mercury) claims that Manchester United are serious contenders too.

With 2 goals and 4 assists in his 10 Premier League appearances, Tielemans has shown enough promise to suggest that he could be the answer to Spurs’ midfield conundrum.

Tielemans would be a good fit at Tottenham

Spurs sold Dembele to Chinese Super League side Guangzhou R&F in the January transfer window as his contract was set to expire in the summer. But Mauricio Pochettino didn’t bring in a replacement throughout the winter transfer window, meaning we have now failed to sign a single player since Lucas Moura joined the club in January 2018.

Even though Pochettino has done an excellent job so far this season despite signing no players in the past two transfer windows, we cannot ignore the fact that our squad needs bolstering in the summer.

At 21, Tielemans has already given a glimpse of his qualities at Leicester City. He’s been a revelation for the Foxes since his arrival. The Belgium international may not be a world-class name that Tottenham fans really want to see this summer but he has the potential to become a world beater.

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Without any second thoughts, the youngster has to be high on Pochettino’s summer wishlist.

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“Tottenham till I die”, “Outstanding effort”: Some Spurs fans laud players despite 1-0 loss to Man City

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Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City faced off for the third time in the space of ten days this afternoon, with City emerging victorious on this occasion, thanks to an early goal from Phil Foden.

The 18-year-old’s goal in the fifth minute was enough to decide the match, despite Tottenham creating numerous chances to equalise and maybe even take a lead.

The game lacked the goals of the midweek clash but there was still plenty of incident, with both sides having numerous chances. In the end, City were grateful to have a solid performance from Ederson, who made some key saves to deny Son and Moura.

City did have chances to extend their lead – Sergio Aguero’s effort blocked at close-range by an excellent Toby Alderweireld and Raheem Sterling was kept out by Paulo Gazzaniga’s outstretched leg. The hosts’ looked twitchy in the final 15 minutes of the game as our gaffer threw Llorente on the field.

Before Llorente came in, Moura had a good chance to make it 1-1, only for his low shot from the right angle to be blocked by a combination of Stones and an onrushing Ederson.

Despite all the pressure in the final 10-15 minutes of the game, where City were constantly pinned back, we eventually didn’t do enough in front of goal. Defeat at the Etihad means we stay in third but could be in fourth if our north London rivals Arsenal win tomorrow against Crystal Palace.

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After the 1-0 loss to City, here’s how our fans reacted on Twitter.

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Dele Alli and Ben Davies get 6/10 but who gets 8/10? – Tottenham players rated from 1-0 loss to Manchester City

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Phil Foden scored his first Premier League goal as Manchester City claimed a crucial 1-0 win over Tottenham to regain top spot in the table.

The 18-year-old became City’s third-youngest Premier League goalscorer as he headed home after just five minutes of a tense clash at the Etihad, three days after we dumped them out of the Champions League.

The victory took City back above Liverpool, but at the cost of another injury to Kevin De Bruyne, who limped off with what looked like another knee problem before half-time. As far as Spurs are concerned, we remain third in the table but could be fifth by tomorrow if Arsenal win their game against Crystal Palace.

Tottenham Player Ratings

Paulo Gazzaniga- 6/10

Looked shaky in the initial moments of the game before settling down gradually. Produced a fantastic block with his foot to deny Sterling at 1-0.

Toby Alderweireld- 7/10

Alderweireld was solid and made an excellent block to deny Sergio Aguero at the start of the second half. Replaced in the final few minutes by Fernando Llorente.

Davinson Sanchez- 8/10

Lost Aguero for the crucial opener as the Argentine ghosted behind him before heading to Foden for a simple header. However, he redeemed himself with some last-ditch defending to keep the hosts’ away from scoring more than one.

Jan Vertonghen- 6/10

Lacked pace to cope up with the City attackers and was lucky to stay on the pitch for the entire game. Solid but unspectacular.

Juan Foyth- 7/10

Started shakily in his unusual position at right wing-back as Sterling gave him a torrid time. Settled well gradually before putting in a good display.

Eric Dier- 4/10

Looked rusty which is usual after returning from an injury. Just couldn’t control the proceedings from midfield and was replaced at the hour mark.

Dele Alli- 6/10

Alli produced some really delicate footwork to bamboozle the City players. Did well from a deeper role in midfield.

Ben Davies- 6/10

Couldn’t keep up with the trickery of the nimble-footed Bernardo Silva, who enjoyed an excellent game.

Christian Eriksen- 7/10

Eriksen produced some gorgeous through balls which sadly our players couldn’t capitalize. He was denied by Ederson inside the first 15 minutes where he could have done better.

Lucas Moura- 7/10

Worked his socks off throughout the game and was really unlucky with his chance in the closing stages as Ederson denied him a certain equaliser.

Son Heung-min- 8/10

Son was once again a thorn for the hosts with his movement and pace. Had two good chances to score but was denied by Ederson and Laporte. Worked extremely hard but without any reward.

Substitutes

Victor Wanyama- 5/10

Added a lot of physicality and steel to the midfield which Spurs lacked earlier.

Danny Rose- 5/10

Replaced Alli to take a place in central midfield. Fluffed a shot wide when he should have at least hit the target from outside the box.

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Fernando Llorente- 4/10

Replaced Alderweireld but couldn’t make a telling impact once again at the Etihad.

 

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Mauricio Pochettino ready to trust Tottenham’s youth stars in epic clash against Manchester City

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Spurs news: Mauricio Pochettino ready to trust youth against Man City

Tottenham are preparing to face Manchester City for a second consecutive game in a week.

Spurs progressed to the semi-finals of the competition on Tuesday in dramatic fashion against Manchester City. Despite a 4-3 loss at the Etihad Stadium, we advanced 4-4 on away goals, with Raheem Sterling’s last-gasp goal disallowed after a VAR review.

Having knocked out City from the Champions League, we have a glorious opportunity to now dent Pep Guardiola’s title hopes on Saturday. Also, with a win at the Etihad in the Premier League, we ourselves will solidify the top four hopes.

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And in the pre-match presser against City, Pochettino explained he wants to finish the season in the top four.

“The Premier League is different and we are fighting for different things,” Pochettino told in his pre-match press conference. (h/t The Daily Mail)

“Manchester City are trying to win the Premier League and, for us, it’s so important to be in the top four for next season.”

Spurs have few injury problems ahead of the game, with Moussa Sissoko set to miss after hobbling off against City in the Champions League, while Harry Kane has commenced his rehab on his ankle injury. Meanwhile, Erik Lamela remains out with a hamstring problem.

Pochettino has said he could field some fresh faces on Saturday after such an exhausting Wednesday night in the Champions League.

“City have an unbelievable squad, they can change and rotate the starting 11 and keep the same level on the pitch,” he added.

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“With all the circumstances and some injuries, maybe we need to think about playing with younger players, not without experience, but with plenty of energy and keeping the same ideas – to be brave and try to compete.

“It’s going to be tough but we need to think about recovery and try to design the best strategy to try to be competitive.”

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Pochettino deserves immense credit for the fact that Tottenham have been able to make it so far in the Champions League. Having not spent a single on improving our team this season, he has managed to keep the squad motivated throughout the campaign. And that has been key to the team staying in the hunt for the trophy this season.

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