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Strong As A Kaboul, Playmaking Modric & Scintilating Bale – So Who Was Your Man Of The Match?

Cudicini – Showcased the strength of Spurs’ squad in deputising for Gomes.  Important save from Sneijder free kick just before half time.  Seemed hesitant in coming off his line. 7

Hutton – Although his crossing wasn’t up to Bale’s standard on the left, he was solid defensively until seemed to lose concentration momentarily to allow Eto’o too much space.  7

Gallas – Showed his Champions League experience as he and Kaboul kept Eto’o and Sneijder quiet.  A solid, defensive leader in King’s absence.  8

Kaboul – Strong in a good partnership with Gallas.  Again showed Spurs’ strong squad as an alternative to Dawson, King and Woodgate.  8

Assou-Ekotto – Always dangerous with crosses in the box.  Dealt fairly well with Biabiany. 7

Huddlestone – Patrolled well, linked well with wide men and with Modric and Jenas.   Kept Sneijder quiet, an important task.  7

Modric – Played well in a different role, worked hard and set up the all-important goal in mesmeric fashion.  His play- making ability was overshadowed by his industry, and that’s saying something.  Could easily have been man of the match but understandably looked tired towards the end.  9

Bale – Absolutely scintillating.  Oozed class as he ripped Maicon to pieces in much-hyped battle.  On his way to being a legend with his speed and exciting wing play.  Ever-increasing price tag.  Star Man 10

Lennon – A bright performance, drawing fouls and yellow cards but flattered to deceive with any real end product.  Admirable work rate and enthusiasm and willingness to run at defenders.  7

Van der Vaart – Closely marked but won his personal rivalry on the night with Sneijder.  Great finish with his wand of a left foot.   A real shame he was forced to depart at half time.  8

Crouch – Missed a convertible chance when could’ve set up Van der Vaart in the first half.  Tough battle with Lucio. Not quite the target man that Redknapp requires but thrived off Bale’s service and scored an important goal for his team as he left the goalkeeper no chance.  A great Champions League record so far this season.  7

Subs – Jenas (Van der Vaart, HT) – Tough act to follow, but coped well in the middle.

Pavyluchenko (Crouch, 73) – Looked quiet when he came on until his goal settled the match.

Palacios (Lennon, 83) – Solidified the game after Inter’s goal.

Redknapp – Continued Benitez’s dismal run at Spurs with a mature showing from his team.  Oversaw a superb attacking performance, with a fantastic tempo.  Seems comfortable with the European style of play.

Special mention – The crowd.  Made for a great European night at the Lane.  Fully got their money’s worth.

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