Mauricio Pochettino is likely to take the majority of the blame for Tottenham’s early Champions League exit, but the players must also be held accountable after the dismal 2-1 defeat in Monaco. Here’s how they rated.
Hugo Lloris, 9
The only Spurs player who didn’t deserve to be on the losing side. Brilliantly saved Radamel Falcao’s first half penalty and went on to make a string of stunning stops in the second period. A truly superb display despite conceding twice.
Kieran Trippier, 5
Didn’t play well defensively or going forward, but wasn’t helped by the complete lack of help from those in front of him; perhaps something to blame on the system rather than individuals.
Eric Dier, 4
Gave away the penalty with a clumsily mistimed clearance. Tried to get Tottenham going with some cross-field passes but most were inaccurate. Sloppy on the ball and off it throughout.
Kevin Wimmer, 5
Less error-prone than Dier but just as ineffective. Struggled to distribute the ball from the back and was slow to react to Monaco’s crosses. In hindsight Jan Vertonghen should have started, but that’s not Wimmer’s fault.
Danny Rose, 6
The strongest performance in the back four even if he wasn’t at his brilliant best. Monaco predominantly found success in the space between the left-back and Wimmer, but Rose remained strong in the tackle and confident on the ball.
Victor Wanyama, 4
His worst performance in a Tottenham shirt thus far — a real shame after his excellent start. Gave the ball away on a number of occasions and didn’t shield the back four anywhere near to his usual standard. Hopefully (and surely) just a blip.
Mousa Dembele, 5
Just like against West Ham, this was a tepid version of Dembele compared to the masterful midfielder who dominated Arsenal a fortnight ago. Was an injury doubt prior to the game and it showed.
Harry Winks, 5
Was involved only intermittently after his influential performance against West Ham and barely saw the ball. Perhaps shouldn’t have been thrown into a second high-pressure match in four days.
Dele Alli, 5
Started well, sending Heung-Min Son through on goal with an inch-perfect pass that came to nothing. Soon became wasteful, missing a couple of decent chances and misplacing passes that could have led to goalscoring opportunities.
Heung-Min Son, 4
Looked certain to score when he latched on to Alli’s through-ball, but tried to round the goalkeeper instead of simply slotting home. Son seems to have completely lost his confidence in front of goal after starting the season so fruitfully.
Harry Kane, 6
Did his best to hold the ball up and get others involved. Didn’t see enough of the ball, however, perhaps because of a lack of service. Notched his third goal from the spot in three appearances.
Christian Eriksen, 5
Came on with 25 minutes to go and seemed to inject a bit of life into Tottenham, but not enough impact.
Vincent Janssen, 5
Brought on with Eriksen, his introduction coinciding with a short-lived spell of hopeful improvement. Just doesn’t look much of a goal threat, which is what Spurs need him to be.
Moussa Sissoko, N/A
Played 15 forgetful minutes plus stoppage time.