Tottenham 1 Fiorentina 1: Player ratings as Spurs are pegged back

Player ratings as Spurs are held at home in the Europa League by Fiorentina in the first leg of their last-32 clash

By Sid Selant

Tottenham Hotspur

Hugo Lloris The Spurs captain made a great save from a free-kick, however the rebound was tapped in by Basanta. Apart from the goal, had a comfortable evening. 5/10

Kyle Walker England international was a constant threat and combined well with Townsend to dominate down the right in the first half. Not as much of a threat in the second half. 5

Federico Fazio Shaky game and got caught out a few times. 4

Jan Vertonghen Good interception on the half-hour mark to deny Gomez. Better of the two centre-halves and had a good commanding game. 6

Ben Davies Not too much involvement going forward and had a good battle with Salah. 4

Andros Townsend Heavily involved and was a menace down the right with his runs and crosses. Overall, a cracking game before being replaced on 73 minutes. 7

Paulinho Doesn’t start many games but his energy and link-up play was good. 5

Nabil Bentaleb Teenager is going from strength to strength as held his own in the middle of the pitch. 5

Nacer Chadli Played 65 minutes on his return after being a non-starter for seven games. Great opportunities to score on four and 44 minutes. Decent overall. 5

Christian Eriksen The Dane controlled the midfield and was at the centre of all Spurs attacks. He petered out in the second half as Spurs run out of ideas. 5

Roberto Soldado Restored to the starting line-up and rewarded his manager’s faith with a superb right-footed volley from inside the box on five minutes. Gave careless free-kick away which resulted in the Fiorentina goal. 5

Substitues

Erik Lamela Didn’t get into the game after replacing Townsend. 3

Harry Kane Super Kane couldn’t provide a killer goal when he came on. 4

Ryan Mason N/A

Fiorentina

Ciprian Tătăruşanu Busier of the two goalkeepers. Made a good save early in the game from Chadli. 5

Stefan Savic Not really involved in the game as Spurs over powered in all areas. 4

Gonzalo Rodriguez Booked very early on for a rash challenge on Townsend. Careful after due to a booking. 4

David Pizarro The 38-year-old Chilean showed little of his qualities as was chasing Eriksen most of the game. His one piece of craft created the free-kick from which Fiorentina sscore from. 4

Jose Maria Basanta Gave his team hope with the equaliser. A simple tap in from close range. 4

Joaquin Not influential at all in the game. Game went pass him and rarely created any chances. 4

Matias Fernandez Kept busy and will be happy to be still in the tie. 4

Borja Valero Not much quality going forward. Very busy looking after the Spurs midfield. Happy to get a breather when replaced 78 minutes. 4

Manuel Pasqual Left-back given a torrid time in the first half by Townsend and Walker. Has a better second half and substituted on 65 minutes. 4

Mohamed Salah On loan from Chelsea, he had a good opportunity to silence the White Hart Lane crowd in the first half but was blocked. Was involved more in the second half. 6

Mario Gomez Former Bayern Munich striker didn’t have much influence in the game. Drifted in and out of the game and rarely had any opportunities to trouble the Spurs keeper. 4

Substitutes

Milan Badelj N/A

Marcos Alonso Slotted in well in midfield and kept Spurs to limited chances In the second half.

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