Dinamo Tbilisi 0 Tottenham 5: Player ratings as Townsend shines for Spurs

Dinamo Tbilisi 0 Tottenham 5: Player ratings as Andros Townsend inspires Spurs to an emphatic first leg win in Georgia

Dinamo Tbilisi
0
Tottenham
5

Dinamo Tbilisi

Giorgi Loria (C) Never looked comfortable dealing with shots or crosses but was not helped by his back four. Made the odd save, though this is a day best forgotten for the 27-year-old. 4/10.

Givi Kvaratskhelia Lost the ball on more than one occasion during a torrid night which – but for a miracle – has signalled the end of Tbilisi’s brave European adventure. 5/10.

Giorgi Gvelesiani Was not the biggest of help to his keeper and was booked for his troubles in the first half. For someone so young, the 22-year-old has a lot of work to do if he is ever to cope with opposition as good as Tottenham. 4/10.

David Khurtsilava Like the rest of his defensive team-mates, failed to cope with the pace and creativity of the Spurs front-line. Was helpless for both Tottenham goals and is in for a rough night in the return leg. 5/10.

Darko Glisic Was taken off at half-time after a poor first-half showing at the back. Showed his inexperience as the visitors passed and moved to draw the Macedonian out of the game. 4/10.

Giorgi Merebashvili Showed great feet at times but was ultimately as ineffective as the rest of his team-mates in a clash where he was completely out of his depth. 5/10.

David Kvirkvelia Struggled in what proved to be the ultimate mismatch as Tbilisi fell apart at home to visiting Spurs. Failed to make any headway going forward and could not live with the Premier League talent on show at the other end. 5/10.

Irakli Dzaria Was taught a real lesson in midfield play by the likes of Dembele and Capoue. May hope to make more of an impact at White Hart Lane – but it would be wishful thinking at best. 5/10.

Elguja Grigalashvili Provided threatening set-piece deliveries into the box from time to time and showed considerable pace and power on the break. Was not allowed to make the impact he would have liked against superior opposition, however. 6/10.

Jaba Dvali Almost got Dinamo back on level terms only to be thwarted by Lloris during the first half. Also threatened on several other occasions, though he was unable to break Spurs’ back-line. 7/10.

Xisco Had very little effect on proceedings and had to come off injured before half-time. 5/10.

Substitutes:

Giorgi Papava Was introduced at the break but made no notable impact as Spurs ran Tbilisi ragged. 5/10.

Djilli Vouho The physical Ivorian made Tottenham defenders uncomfortable after replacing Xisco and provided a reasonable threat after half-time. Could have scored twice but fluffed his lines more often than not. 6/10.

Tottenham Hotspur

Hugo Lloris Made a stunning stop just short of the half-hour mark to keep his side in the lead. Was not worked much, making his infrequent contributions all the more impressive. 7/10.

Danny Rose Could have done better with his crosses and received a booking in the second half but was otherwise tremendous, threatening throughout and grabbing his reward with a delicious strike into the top corner after 64 minutes. 8/10.

Younes Kaboul (C) Captained the side instead of Michael Dawson and did a stellar job. Was dominant in the air, leaving the Tbilisi forwards little room to breathe. 7/10.

Michael Dawson Played the offside trap very well and made several important last-ditch tackles. Has become an ever-reliable rock at the heart of Tottenham’s defence. 7/10.

Kyle Naughton Solid at the back and indirectly created the first goal with a terrific interception. Impressed all night and will be delighted to be back in the first-team picture at White Hart Lane. 7/10.

Paulinho Showed signs that he can become the real deal for Spurs but has not yet fully settled. Misplaced several shots and passes but did score Tottenham’s second with a pinpoint header. 7/10.

Étienne Capoue Was unafraid to take on his man, making surging runs from his own half into Tbilisi territory on numerous occasions. The Frenchman is another Spurs newcomer settling in very well at White Hart Lane. 7/10.

Mousa Dembele Made good tackles early on but was too rough at times, paying the price with a booking in the first half. Easily won most of his midfield duels, however, and was never troubled by the Georgian side. 7/10.

Andros Townsend (Man of the Match) Opened the scoring with a superb 50-yard run and finish and set up Spurs’ second with a faultless cross after cutting inside from the right. After a perfect first half, he then created Tottenham’s third after half-time. 9/10.

Gylfi Sigurdsson Was always in the right positions and threatened from set-pieces but could have imposed himself a lot more. Left the field of play after an hour and, in the end, had to settle for a quiet night. 6/10.

Roberto Soldado Always threatened, getting himself into perfect positions on more than one occasion. Failed to score before the break but duly opened his account from close range after half-time before doing the same again minutes later. 8/10.

Substitutes

Nacer Chadli Was introduced in place of Sigurdsson after an hour and had set up Tottenham’s fourth goal within minutes of coming on. Showed promising signs of the quality Spurs fans may soon come to expect from the Belgian. 7/10.

Harry Kane Entered the fray with 20 minutes to go in place of Soldado and hit the woodwork but could not add to Spurs’ already sizeable total. 6/10.

Tom Carroll Replaced Paulinho in the 70th minute but had to contend with an encounter devoid of any speed or energy considering his side were already five goals up. 6/10.

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