Spurs saw five changes to the team which faced the Hammers midweek, with Conte bringing a couple of injured players back and handing first starts to a couple more. Let’s start with the defense, where Tottenham had some significant changes.
Rating Tottenham Defenders
Left-back – Clement Lenglet – 7
Having played only four minutes before the Fulham match, Clement Lenglet was likely excited to get onto the field. Lenglet’s presence on the field is obvious with his size on the pitch. Clement showed his ability to read the game early with a nice step up to break up play, but his pass, in the end, was missed. Overall, however, Lenglet was comfortable on the ball and did not put a step out defensively.
Center-back – Eric Dier – 6.5
After taking some flack for the West Ham goal midweek, Eric Dier was back in the starting lineup for Spurs. Dier had a largely quiet first half. A miscommunication with Bentancur cost Spurs a corner, but it turned into nothing. Dier did get a free-kick opportunity but hit the wall. Dier had a gilded-edged chance early in the second half after a nice play from Richarlison, but the back shot over from six-yard out.
Right-back – Cristian Romero – 6
After missing the last three games with a knock picked up against Chelsea, the Argentine center-half was back in action. Romero’s presence is obvious, as he makes the entire team more aggressive. Cuti was sharp in his return to action, completing all 35 pass attempts in the first half. In the second half, Romero looked like a player coming back from injury as he was abused in the box by Mitrovic as Fulham tried to claw back.
Goalkeeper – Hugo Lloris – 7
After putting up a stinker against West Ham, as his poor distribution with his feet led to the Hammer’s goal, Lloris was looking for some redemption. The Frenchman had few opportunities in the first half but claimed a Fulham corner well and did not give away possession. Lloris was forced into action in the second half, parrying away a Mitrovic effort with a big hand after playing a silly chip pass that led to lost possession. Occasionally just hitting the ball forward long is okay, and Lloris should remember that. Lloris had no chance on Mitrovic’s beautiful curler but did well to keep a deflected Mitrovic effort out of the top of the net in the 89th minute to preserve the three points.