Andre-Villas Boas’ revamped Tottenham squad saw a number of changes to the team who picked up three points against Manchester United in their historic 3-2 win.
The Greek club fought back in the second half to secure a point and cancel out Michael Dawson’s headed goal in from a Tom Huddlestone free kick.
Here are my player ratings:
- Lloris – The Frenchman had a solid game on the whole excluding the odd mistimed catch. However, he recovered well and his distribution was on form too. Despite conceding a goal, it is unfair to blame the 25 year old whose style by rushing off of the line is hugely different opposite to the preferred Brad Friedel (6/10)
Walker – So far he has been lacklustre and careless. Giving away key fouls and not keeping hold of the opposing attackers, his pace and attacking-orientated mind is really the only thing going for him. (4/10)
- Caulker – Considering his age and inexperience, he is a fantastic asset. He is a key threat for attacking corners and although there are some defensive errors on his part, he closes the ball down well and always sticks to the opponent (6/10)
Dawson – A poor performance and easy to see why he doesn’t fit in Villas-Boas’ plans. He gave away the goal cheaply and although he scored the goal, his long balls are unhelpful to a team with a dwarf-like striker. (3/10)
- Vertonghen – Another good performance from the former Ajax captain. A superb eye for long balls to Gareth Bale on the wing and there is no doubt he will be prove his worth and more over the long term. (6/10)
Dembele – Even though he looked quiet, his runs were very successful on the whole and he did very well when closing down the opponent. But after his strong performance on Saturday, it is understandable that he wasn’t full strength. (5/10)
- Huddlestone – He is lacking match fitness but his long balls were very successful. On the whole his presence on the field was lacking excluding the assist he made from the free kick. (5/10)
Lennon – It wouldn’t have been hard to think that we were playing with only 10 men. He didn’t make any threatening runs and his pace was kept a secret from the Greeks. (4/10)
- Dempsey – Even though his presence on the goal-front was lacking, he always aimed to follow up any spilt balls and always ran down the field to help defensively too. (6/10)
Bale – He tried to run the game on his own and unlike the previous European stints it failed miserably. He allowed the defence to run past him in midfield in what was a careless performance. To be fair to the Welshman, his corners have improved a lot and posed a serious threat throughout the game. (6/10)
- Defoe – One good run in the game from a through ball initially from Vertonghen of course resulted in an offside flag being risen as the striker was caught offside AGAIN! Considering his pace, there is no need for Defoe to be edging past the defender especially that close to goal. (5/10)