Spurs player ratings for 2-0 home loss to Manchester City

Despite a positive showing from a tweaked starting XI, Spurs manager Ange Postecoglou ultimately failed to clinch a spot in the Champions League next season, falling 2-0 at home against now Premier League winners Manchester City.
Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester City - Premier League
Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester City - Premier League / James Gill - Danehouse/GettyImages

Despite best efforts and five shots on target, Spurs still fell to visiting Manchester City 2-0 last Tuesday. It was an uneven performance from multiple players in the starting XI, but there were a couple of notable exceptions on the night. Let's see how the starters and their substitutes faired.

GK - Guglielmo Vicario: 7/10. Probably the man of the match for Spurs, although Dragusin will have something to say about it. Although he only had three saves on the night, two of them were absolutely superb. And we all know how tough penalties can be, especially when a world class striker like Erling Haaland is involved. Vicario finished his first season in North London on a strong note with a clean sheet against Sheffield United.

RB - Pedro Porro: 5/10. Kept the pace up all night long along the right side of the Spurs' attack, but his penalty in stoppage time led to Haaland's second goal. Sloppy showing from the Spanish right-back, but he'll bounce back.

CB - Cristian Romero: 5/10. A bit of a rough one for the vice-captain, Romero's mishit pass was taken by City attacker Phil Foden and led to the visitors' first goal, but he made up for it with his effort throughout the contest.

CB - Radu Dragusin: 7/10. Probably the Lilywhites' man of the match outside of Vicario. The 21-year-old was excellent throughout the game, constantly proving to be a thorn in the side of Manchester City's attack. Hopefully he will get even more playing time next season as Tottenham returns to European football in the Europa League.

LB - Micky Van de Ven: 6/10. Playing out of position from his usual center-back pairing with Romero, the young Dutchman put in an admirable shift last Tuesday. It was a tough spot for him, and he did make a couple of mistakes, but in starting and flourishing at left-back again this past weekend he's proved he's up for the task.

CM - Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg: 5/10. Always a hard worker, it is a bit heartbreaking that Hojbjerg will likely leave this summer. As good of a player that the Dane is, he's not the best fit for Big Ange's style of play. Nevertheless, not the best, but also not the worst, performance for Spurs against City.

CM - Rodrigo Bentancur: 6/10. Good match from Bentancur, despite the early substitution in the 55th minute for Dejan Kulusevski. He almost opened the scoring with an excellent chance stopped by Man City keeper Ederson, and played strong during his shift.

CM - James Maddison: 6/10. The English national continued to get back on track following an ankle injury sustained earlier this season. Played almost the entire match and looked good doing so. Madders is clearly a key piece of what Postecoglou wants to build moving forward.

CAM - Pape Matar Sarr: 6/10. Solid stint from Sarr, operating mostly as a false nine throughout the contest. Although he was replaced in the 85th minute, it would be interesting to see him play in this role in the future.

ST - Brennan Johnson: 6/10. A decent showing from the young Welshman, as he pressed the City defense well enough throughout the contest. His run helped lead to Son's shot on goal late in the contest that was unfortunately stopped by Ortega.

ST - Son Heung-Min: 6/10. Surprisingly had an excellent chance at goal in the 85th minute stopped by Ortega after he essentially had a one-on-one shot lined up. Usually, the Spurs captain nails those chances. He will again in the future.


CM - Dejan Kulusevski: 6/10. Came on for Bentancur in the 55th minute, the Swedish international put in a solid shift, causing a few problems for the now Premier League champions. Had a shot on goal stopped by City keeper Stefan Ortega.

Giovani Lo Celso, Oliver Skipp and Mikey Moore: N/A. Coming on for Sarr (Lo Celso in the 85th minute), Hojbjerg (Skipp in the 85th minute) and Maddison (Moore in the 90th minute), the trio of substitutes didn't have a chance to provide too much help for a Spurs team that needed it. That being said, it was a cool moment for the 16 year old Moore to have his Premier League debut. He looks to be a key part of Tottenham's future moving forward.