Rating the Tottenham Defense
If there was one area of the team that struggled a little one Wednesday, it was the defense and Eric Dier, who had a couple of major miscues.
Clement Lenglet – 6.5/10
In a move that looks like some true rotation, Frenchman Clement Lenglet was holding down the left-back position, not Ben Davies. Lenglet had a quiet match, which is good for a defender, not making any big mistakes but not playing that big ball either.
Eric Dier – 5.5/10
Whereas Lenglet had a quiet evening, Eric Dier had a rough start, which put Spurs in a difficult position. First, Dier was a bit clumsy running into Randal Muani, who had gotten behind Romero, picking up an early yellow card. Then Dier compounded his error a few minutes later, taking a poor touch in the box and being dispossessed for the game’s opening goal. Dier’s play improved some from there but could not have gotten much worse. He did have a decent free kick, which the wall deflected wide.
Cristian Romero – 6.5/10
Still not quite hitting the heights of last season, Cristian Romero was okay against Frankfurt. A step late on a couple of tackles that an in-form Romero would have won. One of those mistimed efforts led directly to Dier’s yellow card. Still confident on the ball; Romero’s timing is just off.
Hugo Lloris – 7/10
Spurs skipper was scrambling to try and prevent the calamity that was Frankfurt’s opener, but the Germans were first to the ball Lloris had poked away, and his goal was open when the goal happened. Beyond that moment, Lloris was in command in front of the goal. He had a terrific save at the near post against Jesper Lindstrom to keep the lead at 2-1. Lloris again denied Lindstrom at 75 minutes, pushing his effort just over the bar. There was little chance for Lloris on the late header from the Frankfurt corner, although Lloris may regret not having secured the shot that led to the corner. However, Lloris made up for that mishandling by securing a 95th-minute strike, which would have leveled the score.