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Tottenham Hotspur vs. Southampton: Live Player Ratings for Spurs and Saints

Tottenham Hotspur's Emmanuel Adebayor, second right, celebrates his goal against Southampton with teammate Roberto Soldado, center, during their English Premier League soccer match at St Mary's stadium, Southampton, England, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)
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Sam TigheWorld Football Tactics Lead WriterMarch 23, 2014

Tottenham resume their timid quest for a UEFA Champions League spot today as they host safely top-half Southampton.

Both sides have little to play for in realists' teams, but the bonus ball here is that each team plays a good brand of attacking, exciting football.

Mauricio Pochettino has been linked with the Spurs job in recent days, per The Guardian, to add a little extra spice to the tie.

Join us for live coverage starting 30 minutes prior to kick-off, and we'll be grading the players live—at half-time and full-time—right here.

 

Spurs XI

Spurs XI
PlayerPositionH/T RatingF/T Rating
LlorsGK77
NaughtonRB23
KaboulCB56
VertonghenCB66
RoseLB55
LennonRM66
BentalebMID66
ChadliMID56
DembeleMID66
EriksenLW78
SoldadoST78
Subs
SigurdssonMIDN/A7
TownsendRWN/A6
B/R UK

Lloris: Essentially left stranded and helpless for Saints' goals; Didn't see much action otherwise.

Naughton: Really struggled with Rodriguez and was directly at fault for the first goal.

Kaboul: Hardly exuded confidence, but stepped up to catch Rodriguez offside several times.

Vertonghen: Bent but didn't break; Struggled with movement and pace all game.

Rose: A very suspect showing from the left-back once again.

Lennon: Aggressively ran at Shaw, but got almost nowhere on the flank.

Bentaleb: A relatively sub-standard showing from the Algerian; failed to control any part of the midfield.

Chadli: One nice run, but did very little to impact the game.

Dembele: A little anonymous from Dembele in the centre.

Eriksen: Was a non-factor on the left for long periods, but scored a crucial goal in the first half.

Soldado: A moment of genius saw him flick Chadli in on goal, but opportunities for the Spaniard were limited.

 

Saints XI

Saints XI
PlayerPositionH/T RatingF/T Rating
BorucGK77
ClyneRB66
FonteCB77
LovrenCB75
ShawLB77
Ward-ProwseCM76
CorkDM77
DavisCM88
LallanaAM88
RodriguezLW88
LambertST77
Subs
ChambersRBN/A7
RamirezLWN/A6
GallagherSTN/AN/A
B/R UK

Boruc: Made two vital stops just before half-time, but had a quiet half overall.

Clyne: His hashed clearance allowed Eriksen to score, and his position in the side comes under scrutiny again.

Fonte: Dealt with the movement of Soldado rather well. An accomplished showing.

Lovren: His usual solid self; always in the right place at the right time.

Shaw: Excellent in bottling up Lennon and Co.; An attacking presence, came close to a goal.

Ward-Prowse: Hasn't been noticeable—that's neither positive or negative.

Cork: Broke up attacks in central channels well and tried to spark counters quickly. 

Davis: Quietly effective, strong running, accomplished passing. Underrated.

Lallana: A tricky, superb showing from Lallana. Slotted his goal home brilliantly.

Rodriguez: A constant threat on the break and over the top. Spurs failed to deal with him.

Lambert: Utilised clever movement to engineer space, but a lack of pace let him down.

 

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