Tottenham achieved a comfortable win against Anzhi in Russia to move four points clear in Group K of the Europa League. Who stood out as deserving of their Tottenham ‘Spurs’ for their individual performance in this game?Two first half goals from Jermain Defoe and Nacer Chadli enabled Spurs to ease through the second half as Anzhi showed some late character to keep going and gave the Spurs defence a few testing moments but not enough to unsettle them on their way to three points and a deserved victory.
Who impressed in this game?
Against a weak Anzhi team it was a matter of Tottenham showing patience with a fair certainty that they would eventually score. Spurs repelled a few early raids by the home team who pulled everyone back and hoped to catch Spurs with a quick break. This caused a few flutters in the early moments for Vlad Chiriches, starting only his second match for Spurs. He was caught in possession on the edge of his area after five minutes but showed strength and fought back against two opponents to regain control of the ball. Two minutes later he misjudged a high bouncing ball but again recovered to get back and concede a corner. After those upsets he settled into a composed displayed. He is confident on the ball and loves to carry it out of defence on surging runs in the opposition’s half. As the game went on he became stronger and more composed.
Lewis Holtby who has impressed in these Europa League and Cup games was again very involved in Spurs midfield, being most influential in the first half. He set up Defoe for the opening goal and it was his pass which allowed Kyle Walker to cross for Chadli’s goal.
Hugo Lloris was again in impressive form, keeping a clean sheet and making a number of saves and catches to thwart Anzhi as they built up the pressure in the second half.
Jermain Defoe scored his 7th goal from four starts with the opener when set up by Holtby after 34 minutes.
It was a difficult to judge individual players on a pitch which was uneven and against such weak opposition. Having scored twice in the first half there was little incentive for the Spurs players after the interval other than to play out the game and ensure there were no slip ups.
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