Spurs recorded a historic 3-1 win over the European Champions yesterday at White Hart Lane, the funny thing being that they looked a more like the cup holders than the Italians themselves.
Despite the odd glimpse of class from messers Sneijder and Eto’o, Inter looked off the boil; shaken by an electrifying Spurs start.
Here’s how I thought that lads performed below:
Cudicini – 8
Looked confident and was ready when he needed to be. Wasn’t at all at fault for the goal.
Hutton – 8
His support play for Lennon really gave Inter a problem on both flanks. Also fell over hilariously.
Bale – 10
Game of his life. The Sun will insist he’s going to Inter now after a chat with Rafa and the boys after the game… for 9 billionkajiliontrillion escudos. Man of the Match without a doubt.
Kaboul – 6
Looked a tad shaky all night, if anything was getting through the back four I felt it was through him. Oddly it was Hutton that didn’t close down Eto’o well enough for the goal.
Gallas – 7
Looked like Champion’s League material. His Arsenal experience was well needed last night and he made some cracking tackles.
Assou-Ekotto – 7
Sometimes when you don’t notice a player too much it’s because he was terrible. When that player is a defender though it can often be a good thing. Did his job effectively at the back and fed Bale all evening.
Huddlestone – 8
Did his job and kept Sneijder reasonably quiet, supported the attack when he could and held up periods of pressure.
Lennon – 8
Irritated the Inter full backs all night. Won several free kicks which earnt Inter players yellow cards. Missed a few key passes but sustained pressure an Inter back four that couldn’t deal with both Lennon and Bale.
Van der Vaart – 7
Looked really lively for the first half an hour until his goal. Went a little quieter from there probably due to his apparent hamstring problem.
Modric – 8
Looked class as always. Made the odd error but his touch of genius supplied the first goal and he really showed his value.
Crouch – 8
50p head Crouch held up play well and really gave Inter a problem. They couldn’t really figure it out. A few mistakes here and there can be forgotten after slotting away Spurs’ second.
Jenas (46) – 7
Looked lively and up for it. Pushed forward more than expected after Van Der Vaart’s departure and didn’t look out of place.
Pavlyuchenko (76) – 7
The Russian wasn’t happy with just holding up play and was the only man there to slot Bale’s cross home for the third. Held up play well and caused problems.
Palacios (84) – 6
Didn’t see enough of him really. Though he cut up a few last minute Inter attacks and settled in well to a game which was rather tentative at the time.
Castellazzi – 6
Shaky all evening. Reminded me of Manuel Almunia.
Zanetti – 7
The strongest of the defence. Worked hard and kept the ball when he had possesion. Was guilty of a few bad challenges.
Lucio – 5
Half the man we saw last season. Petulant, indecisive and slow, he resembled a man who’d been on the piss the night before.
Maicon – 4
A poor mans Gareth Bale. He couldn’t defend to save his life and was so worried about the Welshman that he tried to do that all night.
Best thing he did all night was kick Aaron Lennon to the floor after he’d been absolutely done.
Chivu – 5
Always looked dangerous and constantly looked to supply Inter’s Man of the Match, Samuel Eto’o.
Muntari – 5
I was hardly aware he was on the pitch until he went off. Did alot of ball and shadow chasing last night.
The only player who looked anywhere near a European Champion. Quality oozes out of the man from Cameroon, a constant threat. Scored a magnificent goal from nothing to give Inter a lifeline they certainly did not deserve.
Pandev – 5
Was he on the pitch yesterday?
Biabiany – 5
A couple of speculative efforts, but hardly had anything all evening. Quiet.
Obiora Nwankwo (53) – 5
Brought a cheeky smile to my face when he came on. He did nothing else.
Phillippe Coutinho (64) – 5
I only really became aware he was on the pitch when he fell over a few times giving Martin Tyler and Andy Gray something to talk about.
Milito (71) – 7
Looked great when he came on – caused problems and wasn’t afraid to test Cudicini. Classic Benitez bringing on the right player at the wrong time.
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