Rating the Tottenham Defense
There were two changes in the back from the Champions League 11 Spurs fielded in Portugal, with Clement Lenglet and Davinson Sanchez coming in for Ben Davies and Cristian Romero.
Left-back – Clement Lenglet – 7
Making his second consecutive Premier League start, Clement Lenglet was active and alert at left-back for Tottenham. Lenglet’s name was not called a lot in the match, which is really a good thing, as he showed he was as comfortable tackling in the attacking half as in the defensive third.
Center-back – Eric Dier – 8
Fresh off his first England call-up in quite a while, Eric Dier put his stamp on the game. Dier showed off his passing range with great diagonal balls, harkening some fans back to Toby Alderweireld. Dier’s moment was his header for the second Tottenham goal. The goal looked like a replay for the one Spurs conceded to Sporting but went the Lilywhite’s way.
Right-back – Davison Sanchez – 6
We did not predict Davison Sanchez to start, but we did think there was the possibility as traditional starter Cristian Romero was nursing a knock. Sanchez had highs and lows during the game, with his poorly timed tackle resulting in the initial penalty to get the game going being the most significant low. Sanchez was denied a goal by Danny Ward on a nice save off a good header following a set-piece.
Goalkeeper – Hugo Lloris – 7
Following a strong outing where he still conceded two goals, Lloris again had a good game while conceding a couple of goals. Lloris again had a couple of wonderful saves, not the least of which was a big palm diving to his right to deny Daka in the second half. The Frenchman must feel hard done having been penalized on the first penalty attempt kick of Youri Tielemans, which he denied. Lloris also got off his line well several times to clear with his feet.