Ratings v Leicester

Best player was...

  • Lloris

    Votes: 266 85.0%
  • Walker

    Votes: 2 0.6%
  • Vertonghen

    Votes: 1 0.3%
  • Fazio

    Votes: 8 2.6%
  • Rose

    Votes: 2 0.6%
  • Stambouli

    Votes: 1 0.3%
  • Bentaleb

    Votes: 2 0.6%
  • Mason

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Chadli

    Votes: 1 0.3%
  • Eriksen

    Votes: 10 3.2%
  • Lamela

    Votes: 6 1.9%
  • Kane

    Votes: 7 2.2%
  • Soldado

    Votes: 1 0.3%
  • Paulinho

    Votes: 2 0.6%
  • no one

    Votes: 4 1.3%

  • Total voters
    313

PrettyColors

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#21
Lloris was the best player on the pitch.

Then it was probably Mahrez and a few other Leicester players.. Very poor match.
 

Show Pony

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#26
First 20 minutes I got excited that Poch's exciting brand of football had arrived
Next 25 minutes were hard viewing
Last 51 minutes was extremely hard viewing

For me the biggest concern is we do not have a strong combination in the two holding midfielders to get hold of the ball....we shouldnt be relying on Mason and Bentaleb
 
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#27
One thing that wrecks my head is that we cough up possession so easily from our goal kicks. I think we're crying out for a targetman and I want to see us fighting for those second balls.
 

DaSpurs

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#29
The midfielders have caught a lot of slack today, but I thought Walker was absolutely shocking. Could hardly believe what I was watching during some of his mistakes both with the ball, and defending against it.
 

Show Pony

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#35
One thing that wrecks my head is that we cough up possession so easily from our goal kicks. I think we're crying out for a targetman and I want to see us fighting for those second balls.
I agree but who can we get?

I think Benteke would be perfect but cant see him moving mid season after a long lay off....and Bony is well overpriced with Liverpool also bidding for him.

Apart from those two who else?
 
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#37
I agree but who can we get?

I think Benteke would be perfect but cant see him moving mid season after a long lay off....and Bony is well overpriced with Liverpool also bidding for him.

Apart from those two who else?
I don't have the answer but there are a few younger chaps on the continent whom we've been linked with.
Hopefully us. I think we're in dire need of new blood.
 

spurious1

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#38
We were great for the first 30 seconds or so, then it all went downhill. Well actually for the first 15 or so minutes we looked like we might actually stroll through this to a comfortable victory, but after all these year watching Spurs I should have known better. After that we looked absolutely awful to a man, outside of course Lloris who was his typical amazing self and made it possible for us to win, let alone not lose heavily. As did their lack of luck (twice hit the woodwork) and finishing quality.

Lloris - 9.5 Could hardly be any better. If we manage to achieve anything this season, he will be the main reason.

Rest - shit 3, 4, maybe a couple of 5s say to Eriksen for saving us by scoring a solo effort (I suppose the bounce was intentional), and maybe spread a little extra among Lamela, Chadli, and Kane (and whoever passed it very neatly out of the defence to Lamela to start to move, not sure who it was...) for the fluid first goal, which I foolishly thought was going to set the tone of the rest of the match.

Walker was especially awful in all aspects. And I say that having thought up to now that he's made a big (positive) difference since he's been back. Let's generously suppose he's not quite match fit yet.

And let's blame the weather for the rest of the awful performances. We did after all get the 3 points.
 

davidmatzdorf

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#39
Lloris - 9 - Obviously MotM and saved us 3 points with multiple superb saves, positioning and speed; I do wish he had hammered the ball up the pitch less cavalierly when we were having such difficulty retaining possession

Rose - 5 - I'm going to cut both fullbacks more slack than most people, because it was obvious right from the team selection that the tactic was to play two quick attacking fullbacks and pin Leicester's wide players back; for 35 minutes it worked and then sloppiness crept in after Leicester finally started to close down and win the ball in midfield; why Rose insisted on playing the same way after the game changed is perhaps something he should be thinking about; and he drifted into the centre way too often when we were hanging on at the end

Vertonghen - 5.5 - I wasn't as impressed as most, I thought he looked nervous and made some bad decisions when we were under pressure

Fazio - 7.5 - Covered for Vertonghen and looked very assured; no major mental errors for the second game in succession

Walker - 5 - See "Rose" - at least Walker adjusted his positioning a bit when we were being put under constant pressure

Bentaleb - 5 - Largely culpable for Ulloa's goal; having a definite dip in form at the moment and does not work very well with Stambouli

Stambouli - 5.5 - OK, nothing special, but to my surprise we got worse at retaining the ball when Mason replaced him

Lamela - 6 - Some very good moments, but one of the culprits for our lack of ball retention in the second half

Eriksen - 6.5 - Very good first half, very ineffective second half redeemed by the minor matter of winning the match for us - again

Chadli - 5.5 - His assist looked a bit scuffed and the rest of his play was nothing exciting

Kane - 6.5 - Got his goal again, but then contributed more hard work than class


Mason - 5.5 - I thought it was a good substitution when it happened and thought so even more when he made that great (and remarkably quick) run into the box, but it didn't work out that way, becausde he completely failed to exert any control of possession in midfield

Soldado - 5.5 - Didn't really get very involved, but we didn't often have the ball when he was on the pitch, so perhaps that's unsurprising

Paulinho - NET


Leicester clearly deserved to win that match on the balance of 95 minutes' play, but equally they could have been 3-0 down after 35 minutes, they were that limp up to that point. It's another away win that shows that we have individual quality, that we scrap for points, that the players are bloody fit and that we will be open in defence and dependent upon Lloris for as long as we play in Pochettino's style, because for all the rage directed here at individual players, our defence plays like this in part because of the instructions they are given, especially positionally.

I was more concerned about our midfield today. The way we have to prevent our defence being exposed involves vigorous pressing high up the pitch and accurate short passing; instead, Leicester were out-pressing us and we were often pressurised into passing directly to the opposition. Had we not given the ball away roughly 50 times in the second half (a mixture of poor passes (only 74% across the team!), bad judgment when clearing the ball, being caught in possession and lack of hustle), then our defence would not have been subjected to unending pressure.
 
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Larryjanta

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#40
Fucking hell boys, you'd think we'd have lost by some of he reactions and rating in here. Ground out a good win against a side fighting for their lives.

Unbelievable: Hugo
Good: Fazio, Kane, Lamela
Fine: Mason, Bentaleb, Verts, Walker, Rose, Eriksen, Poch
Poor: Stambo, Soldado, Chadli
 
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