Tottenham Hotspur played a match where they could only really advance, and a very rotated side dominated Marine as expected, so how did everyone play?
Tottenham Hotspur were expected to dominate against 8th tier, non-league Marine AFC in the FA Cup on Sunday. Tottenham started slowly and after a very brief scare, came through without any blushes. On a day when everyone who played should have showed well, how did all of the Tottenham players do in the 0-5 win over Marine.
On a day when the defense got a clean sheet, Tottenham had their youngest ever goal scorer, and Carlos Vinicius left with a hattrick match ball; Dele Alli was the best Tottenham player on the pitch. Dele Alli was not his old dominant running self, where he was timing runs into the box to finish off goals. Rather Dele was the one trying to spot the runners.
With Moussa Sissoko and Harvey White, the two primary midfielders with him, Dele was looking to get on the ball and then do something with it. Marine in no way sat back against Tottenham and looked to counter quickly, but the space and time Dele was afforded through others playing fast paid dividends for the attacking midfielder.
Alli was able to combine with others effectively and push the ball forward while he worked horizontally across the pitch. Often finding the ball in spaces the used to be the domain of Christian Eriksen a couple years ago, Dele was often working left to right against Marine. This opportunity to be coming in with the ball on his stronger foot led to a lot of passes and one good cross the led to Spurs second goal.
Whether setting up others in the box, moving the ball in and out, or having a half-chance himself, it was a good day for Dele Alli and Tottenham Hotspur. So, Dele was good, how was everyone else?