Tottenham took their time to grow into their crucial Champions League clash with CSKA Moscow, but eventually flourished to edge out the hosts by a 1-0 scoreline. So who impressed and who failed to make an impact?
Hugo Lloris, 7
Dealt with everything he needed to with minimal fuss. Spurs looked panicky at the back in short spells, but they can always rely on the calm head of captain Lloris.
Kieran Trippier, 5
Did little to prove he can be anything more than back-up to Kyle Walker, who offers double the attacking threat of Trippier. The former Burnley man was wasteful with his deliveries, particularly on one occasion when he put far too much power on a cross to the visible annoyance of four teammates.
Toby Alderweireld, 8
Has Toby Alderweireld ever been beaten one-on-one? I’m yet to see it. An assured defensive display, as usual.
Jan Vertonghen, 7
Characteristically collected in possession, Vertonghen played well enough despite one poor headed clearance in the first half that very nearly lead to a CSKA goal.
Ben Davies, 6
Like Trippier, Davies is currently doing little to prove he can be a first teamer for Spurs. Rose simply offers much more, particularly offensively. Davies remains a steady option, and always does an efficient defensive job when called upon, but his crossing was noticably poor at crucial moments.
Victor Wanyama, 8
Spurs’ midfield enforcer truly excelled for the first time in a lily-white shirt, particarly after Tottenham had a lead to defend. A silly early booking only slightly blighted an otherwise excellent performance, combining a keen eye to read the game with strong, forceful tackling.
Christian Eriksen, 7
Similar to his role against Middlesbrough, Eriksen was tasked with coming deep to collect the ball in order to free up Dele Alli. He moved slightly further forward in the second half and was better for it; much of Spurs’ best play went through the Dane.
Erik Lamela, 7
Equal parts frustrating and critical, Lamela is making a habit of being one of Tottenham’s most important players week in, week out. He often holds onto the ball for too long, tries one trick too many, but always, always plays his part when Spurs win. His clever ball for Heung-Min Son’s winner was the turning point in a tight game.
Dele Alli, 5
I saw a lot of criticism of Dele Alli on social media during the game, much of which was justified. The midfielder was sloppy in possession and struggled to control the ball a number of times. But his stunning strike that rattled the bar proved what he can do even on a bad day. Alli is simply out of form, and deserves more patience from some supporters.
Heung-Min Son, 8
Another match-winning performance from a player Tottenham fans will be extremely glad the club kept hold of in the summer. Not everything went well for the South Korean (he overran a couple of dribbles, timed one or two shots poorly), but he grabbed a crucial goal yet again, his fifth in five games this season. Who needs Harry Kane when you have Heung-Min Son?
Vincent Janssen, 6
Janssen is desperate for that first goal from open play. The effort is there, but there’s a risk the Dutchman won’t contribute what Spurs need from him, goals, until the first one goes in. Was needlessly caught offside on a couple of occasions, too. I’m sure he’ll be fine once he’s fully acclimatised to a new level.
Georges-Kevin N’Koudou, 8
Aside from Erik Lamela and Heung-Min Son, Tottenham’s biggest game changer of the night was substitute George-Kevin N’Koudou. Dazzled with his pacy, direct dribbling and generally put Spurs on the front foot going into a crucial stage of the game. A very impressive cameo.
Harry Winks, N/A
Spent only eight minutes plus stoppage time on the pitch, but look assured and confident. His introduction was a heartwarming moment for the fans, and for the player too I’m sure.