Football Features

Every Tottenham player rated as Ndombele’s colossal display helps end torrid away run

By Muhammad Butt

Published: 22:11, 6 November 2019

In a surprisingly relaxed night, Spurs thrashed Red Star 0-4 in Belgrade.

The match started out as most matches do in Serbia, with Spurs overwhelmed by the atmosphere and staying alive. But after a big save from Paulo Gazzaniga, Spurs took the lead and then in the second half they took their opponents to pieces. It was the first time in 72 home games that Red Star had conceded more than one goal, and the first time since May that Spurs had won on the road. This was a momentous win.

Here’s how the Spurs players rated at Stadion Rajko Mitic:

Paulo Gazzaniga – 8 – Didn’t have much to do but excelled whenever he was called upon. The highlight was a terrific double save from Van La Parra and Sánchez at the end of the first-half (although his reflex save from Pavkov is what settled Spurs nerves). Had those chances gone in, Red Star could have overwhelmed a clearly nervous Spurs. But Gazzaniga made the saves and the side started.

Juan Foyth – 6 – Alright at right-back. Nothing spectacular, fairly stable, but when Red Star did press him he wasn’t assured.

Eric Dier – 5 – Shaky at the back. Came out of defence nicely but Red Star walked through him with ease.

Davinson Sanchez – 5 – Lucky to not score an own goal late in the first half. Mostly fine but looked creaky when pressed.

Danny Rose – 7 – A standard Danny Rose display: ran hard all day long. Provided a lovely assist for Spurs’ third goal.

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Moussa Sissoko – 7 – Did his usual thing of providing defensive cover and energy in the middle. Only this time because the other Spurs players were considerably better than him, he didn’t have to extend himself.

Tanguy Ndombele – 9 – A dominant performance in the middle of the park. A class above everyone else with his movement, balance and passing. Never ruffled by the atmosphere and looked right at home in the thick of the midfield action. Dribbled well, tackled well and his passing kept Spurs pushing forward. His involvement for Spurs’ second goal ran the gamut of his genius and this game felt like his coming out party as a Spurs player, the stage where he truly announced his genius. A true colossus.

Giovani Lo Celso – 8 – Superbly improvised finish to stab Spurs into the lead; really showed his composure when his team-mates were flinging themselves at the ball. An impressive performance overall too, he moved nicely and played key passes.

Heung-min Son – 8 – Added thrust to attack. Inexplicably missed (twice!) in the goalmouth scramble for the opening goal, but bagged a second-half brace – one a thunderous finish, the other a simple tap-in.

Dele Alli – 8 – A throwback from Dele as he looked lively on the break, darting into spaces and creating chances for his team-mates. Played his part in the dramatic open goal and added a lovely weighted assist for Spurs second too.

Harry Kane – 6 – Showed impressive persistence and technique to help Spurs score their first goal. Otherwise cut a frustrated figure as nothing he tried came off. Played his part in the passing game, however. A nice pre-assist for the third goal.


Christian Eriksen (for Dele ’62) – 6 – Tried to get in on the action and finally managed it with five minutes left, poking home from close range.

Ryan Sessegnon (for Son 75′) – 6 – A nice assist for Eriksen’s goal.

Oliver Skipp (for Lo Celso 86′) – n/a – Came on for Lo Celso.