29 thoughts on “Fiorentina (1st Leg) – match ratings

  1. LLoris 5 Sloppy in air and with his shooting

    Walker 6 Good pace as always but not too sure what he was playing at when defending or with the ball

    Vertonghen 8 Beast

    Fazio 7 Good

    Davies 5 not a massive fan of his

    Bentaleb 6 Did okay

    Paulinho 4 Awful, seriously.. Poor passing, slowed all the play.. Terrible

    Eriksen 5 Not in the tempo tonight

    Townsend 8 Superb at times

    Chadli 6 Always a threat

    Soldado 6 Well taken goal but didnt lead the line too well

  2. Lloris 7 – unlucky that his punched clearance from Fernandez' fierce fk bounced off the back off Joaquin (who was clearly offside!) straight to the feet of Basanta

    Walker 7 – impressive pace to dominate their left flank but was caught dangerously out of position on occasion
    Fazio 7 – imperious
    Vertonghen 8 – commanding, Spurs' MotM
    Davies 6 – looked classy despite the odd dodgy moment at the back, but inevitably that much less of a threat going forward than Rose

    Bentaleb 7 – controlled CM without pulling up any trees
    Paulinho 6 – looked good first half, faded second

    Chadli 7 – looked energetic and dangerous, especially first half; puzzled as to why he came off for Kane rather than Soldado, unless of course he was carrying an injury
    Eriksen 4 – way off form atm, far too many misplaced passes. When he stops ticking the whole team suffers. Though fair play to him for working his butt off non-stop
    Townsend 7 – caused Fiorentina all kinds of problems down the right, especially first half, but struggled to maintain his threat after HT once the Italians trebled-up on him

    Soldado 6 – looked promising early on and took his goal well but cancelled that out by conceding gratuitous fk on the edge of the box; reverted achingly to type with misplaced passes all over the shop thereafter

    Subs

    Kane 6 – couple of good runs but it was never a good idea playing him in the hole behind the striker where his goal-threat is significantly reduced
    Lamela 4 – one word: painful
    Mason 7 – we looked more composed immediately he came on, he should have replaced the wearying Paulinho much earlier

    Poch 6 – impressive the way his high-energy team came out of the blocks all guns blazing, but as mentioned above got certain critical elements wrong with two of his substitutions

  3. Lamelad

    LLoris 5 Sloppy in air and with his shooting

    Walker 6 Good pace as always but not too sure what he was playing at when defending or with the ball

    Vertonghen 8 Beast

    Fazio 7 Good

    Davies 5 not a massive fan of his

    Bentaleb 6 Did okay

    Paulinho 4 Awful, seriously.. Poor passing, slowed all the play.. Terrible

    Eriksen 5 Not in the tempo tonight

    Townsend 8 Superb at times

    Chadli 6 Always a threat

    Soldado 6 Well taken goal but didnt lead the line too well

    Bit harsh on the chap.

  4. Hugo 7, solid
    Davis 6.5, left with a lot to do at times with little cover
    Fazio 7. Collected and powerful
    Verts 8, was every where and some great passes
    Walker 5, to much show boating.
    Bentaleb 8.5. Was evey where, tackled, passed, covered. MOTM for me
    Chadli 7, still looks but rusty
    Eriksen 6, has went off the boil a bit lately
    Townsend 5, cost us the IMO. Had them in the ropes playing a team game and he decides to stand off his man and do tricks and show off.
    Paulinho 5.5. Just doesn't seem to know what to do for the best
    Soldado. 8. Scored a belter, set up 3 really good chances and brought out some good saves from their keeper.
    Lamella 4. Off the pace and didn't seem to know what shape we were playing
    Kane 5 nothing to play with, by then the shape really had gone
    Mason 5. Tidy, not much time anything else

    Poch 7. Either a change at half time or a rocket for Townsend and walker and we could have that game.

  5. glasgowspur

    Townsend 5, cost us the IMO. Had them in the ropes playing a team game and he decides to stand off his man and do tricks and show off.

    Agreed. First 10 minutes he was good, then he got worse and worse as his confidence grew. Always looking to take someone on, dithering on the ball while looking for opportunities to do so, instead of playing simple pass and move football. Then, as more time passed, he started looking for shooting opportunities. Second half he was plain awful. Just not a good fit for how we play.

  6. glasgowspur

    Townsend 5, cost us the IMO. Had them in the ropes playing a team game and he decides to stand off his man and do tricks and show off.

    Not only that, but his end product was a deluge of utter dog sh*t.

    Agree with the rest of your ratings too, but I think you were a little harsh on Paulinho.

  7. Anyone notice how Soldado all but disappeared when Kane came on? Until then he was a solid 8.

    Bentaleb MotM
    Townsend – just cross the friggin' ball! He did play well though and was the only player aside from Bentaleb whose 2nd half performance didn't drop off as sharply
    Verts – he almost cost us with some dribbling in his own area, but otherwise solid
    Chadli – I liked what I saw, but he played more in flashes than consistently
    Eriksen – I don't know what's the matter with him
    Walker – just cross the friggin' ball!
    Fazio – very good
    Davies – I don't remember any threat coming from his side, so he must have had a good game
    Soldado – great in the first half, but faded after Kane came on
    Paulinho – not his worst game, but I really do not see what he offers the team. Oh yes, well-taken corners. Well, that's something, I guess.

  8. I actually rate paulinho higher than most on here but thought he was poor last night. First 30 mins we played like a team playing to the individuals strengths and could have ran amok. 1 up and two slow defenders booked, this could have all over after 90mins.
    Still fancy us to go through.

  9. Thought the subs in hindsight weren't the greatest. Not blaming Poch, sometimes the players called upon just don't play well. Lamela had a poor cameo when he came on although the team was suffering as a whole.

    Eriksen had the worst game I've seen him have in a long time. It happens. I thought Chadli was doing ok. In hindsight I would have gone with Dembele on for Eriksen, Mason for Paulinho and Kane for Soldado in the second half.

    ———————-Lloris————————
    Walker—–Fazio——-Vertonghen—–Davies
    ————-Bentaleb—-Mason——————
    Townsend——–Dembele————Chadli—
    ———————-Kane————————–

  10. Frenetic, Frantic headless chickens, Soldado held nothing up, Townsend at present is just 100% effort little else, Walker is awful defensively, for their goal he just ball watched and stood there like a plank, Ericksen and Soldado terribly wasteful, positives imo, I though Davies was left exposed all game and done well, Fazio and Verts looked good again, Chadli was ok, wont judge Bentaleb because the guy he played next to was invisible, is it possible to play like we try to for 90 minutes ?

  11. Townsend was disappointing ( again), Eriksen was poor but that happens and I understand why he was kept on ( he is always likely to score a goal), Fazio and Jan( my MOM) once again showed that they are our num 1 pairing. Our CM needs a player like Stambouli playing as its still too weak.

  12. parklane1

    Townsend was disappointing ( again), Eriksen was poor but that happens and I understand why he was kept on ( he is always likely to score a goal), Fazio and Jan( my MOM) once again showed that they are our num 1 pairing. Our CM needs a player like Stambouli playing as its still too weak.

    Agree with most of your post except re Townsend. True his penchant for multiple step-overs and shooting from range can be the more frustrating when they don't come off. That said I felt for much of the game, especially first half, he was not far short of outstanding.

  13. Spur of the moment

    Agree with most of your post except re Townsend. True his penchant for multiple step-overs and shooting from range can be the more frustrating when they don't come off. That said I felt for much of the game, especially first half, he was not far short of outstanding.

    Well its all about opinions but I think he is a show pony, he was ok against a side who do not know him that well but unless he brings more to his game he will be found out by other Prem teams and no threat to them.

  14. Jurgen the German

    Walker was so so. Still needs to improve his defending and positional sense.

    Paulinho is shocking. I don't know what he brings to the table.

    Bentaleb and Eriksen both poor.

    Soldado, Vertonghen and Fazio all good.

    I'm not having that

  15. Never been more confused with ratings before.

    Bentelab brick? He was excellent and was the best midfielder on show IMO.

    I hate him, but I don't think Paul was that bad. Had a good first half and faded second.

    Townsend was really good – beat his man consistently, put some dangerous balls in, created a few chances, made a few clever passes and had a couple of decent efforts. To say he was the reason we didn't win is up there with the weirdest comments I have encountered on here. If Lamela played like that last night there would be some raving about his energy and starting to beat men and how exciting it all is…. I am not his biggest fan but Townsend was good last night and after he went off we lost a lot of impetus!

  16. LCLC

    Townsend was really good – beat his man consistently, put some dangerous balls in, created a few chances, made a few clever passes and had a couple of decent efforts. To say he was the reason we didn't win is up there with the weirdest comments I have encountered on here. If Lamela played like that last night there would be some raving about his energy and starting to beat men and how exciting it all is…. I am not his biggest fan but Townsend was good last night and after he went off we lost a lot of impetus!

    Yep, I'd agree with you that's probably true re. Lamela. Sometimes its not so much the performance, but rather the player doing it. Swap the shirts and it seems there can be a different perspective and rating at times.

    And, re. Ericksen…'Bad game…but oh well that happens'. Whereas some others may not get that qualifier after a bad game.

    Davies…'I'm giving him a break because I feel bad for him because he didn't have much support in front of him'. Well, he may not have, but does Rose get those breaks? I thinks its fair to say Rose has lacked support at times this season. I think if you are LB on this team this season with these players/formation/system then its probably going to happen and likely comes with the territory, for this year anyway, though I'm sure Poch is aware of it.

  17. Jordinho

    Always looking to take someone on, dithering on the ball while looking for opportunities to do so, instead of playing simple pass and move football. Then, as more time passed, he started looking for shooting opportunities. Second half he was plain awful. Just not a good fit for how we play.

    That seems a little harsh to me, and it actually sounds like some of Lamela's games. If Lamela had put in the performance that Townsend did last night would you be roasting him?

  18. These strawman arguments from you two are boring and blinkered, and lately all too frequent.

    in case you hadn't noticed there are plenty that do the same in the opposite situation (Give Townsend a high rating for a performance they'd critisize Lamela for) and for many other pairs of players across the squad. Why not focus on what is said than try and denigrate those who you disagree with all the time?

  19. lloris – 6 – meh.

    walker – 7 – good game, his pace is crucial to us.
    fazio – 7 – good to see him back in the team
    vertonghen – 8 – has always been best alongside fazio, was brilliant
    davies – 6 – whilst I understand his need for rest, Rose would have been brilliant

    townsend – 5 – constantly doing the wrong thing. looked threatening in the opening 10 minutes.
    bentaleb – 8 – man of the match
    paulinho – 6 – good in the first half, quiet second. summed up the team.
    chadli – 6 – missed too many chances, still not in the right mind and i dont blame him.

    eriksen – 5 – rather ordinary, but when hes not providing a last minute goal, he usually is.
    soldado – 7 – really good first half, cracking goal.

  20. glasgowspur

    Townsend 5, cost us the IMO. Had them in the ropes playing a team game and he decides to stand off his man and do tricks and show off.

    Are you freakin' kiddin' me? I guess you and I did not see the same match yesterday

  21. Nope that's what I saw, after 25-30 mins he stopped taking on his man. He could have him on toast in numerous occasions but seemed to want to run through his repertoire of tricks. I don't remember once after the defender marking him got booked did he have to make another tackle, that's bad in my book.

  22. glasgowspur

    Nope that's what I saw, after 25-30 mins he stopped taking on his man. He could have him on toast in numerous occasions but seemed to want to run through his repertoire of tricks. I don't remember once after the defender marking him got booked did he have to make another tackle, that's bad in my book.

    Fiorentina changed formation at half time and doubled up on him in the second half. That made a big difference to his effectiveness.

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