Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 Inter: Spurs player ratings

Inter Milan

A comfortable win for Tottenham Hotspur was built on an excellent team performance, but which individuals stood out for Andre Villas-Boas' side?

Brad Friedel 8

A quiet night for the big American was elevated by one excellent stop in the second half to deny Inter a vital away goal. So far there have been no indications that bringing Friedel in for European nights is markedly harming the team.

Kyle Walker 7

Walker played his part in the clean sheet, and also offered a threat going forward especially when Spurs broke quickly. Considering how many games he has played, his fitness has been incredible.

William Gallas 8

Another man seemingly being saved for European nights, Gallas was excellent alongside Vertonghen, and also contributed to Spurs' attacking play by getting the ball moving quickly from the back.

Jan Vertonghen 10

Another outstanding display from the Belgian centre back was at the core of an important clean sheet at White Hart Lane. Vertonghen has been almost as important as Bale in recent weeks, and despite the fact he is coming to the end of only his first season in England, he is already the key to their defensive play.

Benoit Assou-Ekotto 8

Intelligent attacking play was backed up by solid defensive work, and Assou-Ekotto's performances against Arsenal and Inter should see him established in the starting eleven for the rest of the season. With Bale drifting inside, Assou-Ekotto's forward play is even more important to Spurs.

Scott Parker 9

Perhaps his best performance since returning from injury, Parker looked comfortable and assertive in the middle of the park, effectively shutting down the opposition and working well in aiding Spurs' attacks.

Mousa Dembele 9

The Belgian was imperious alongside Parker, with the Spurs central pairing controlling the vast majority of the match. Dembele finished up with 96% pass completion, and did not misplace a single ball in the first half as Spurs flew out of the blocks.

Aaron Lennon 9

Another excellent display from the right winger, and Spurs fans will be hoping the injury that forced him off is not serious enough to keep him out of the match with Liverpool on Sunday. His cut back for the second goal was simply brilliant, and it shows how his final delivery has improved this season.

Gylfi Sigurdsson 10

The Icelandic international has sprung to life in the last few matches, with two goals and two assists in three games. Always a threat going forward, Sigurdsson was also more involved than ever in Spurs' build-up play, and he could become a crucial player in his side's tricky run in.

Gareth Bale 9

The Bale juggernaut rols on, with the Welshman scoring the opening goal and providing the assist for Jan Vertonghen's third. The only blemish on the evening was a yellow card received for a poor dive, and Spurs will now have to be without their talisman for the trip to the San Siro.

Jermain Defoe 7

Whilst Defoe's sometimes unbelievable selfishness can be frustrating, it is not half as annoying as watching Adebayor shuffle tamely around the pitch. Defoe looks sharp after returning from injury, and if he can get amongst the goals in the next few weeks, he can fire Spurs into the Champions League.

Substitutions.

Jake Livermore 7

Impressed in his spell on the pitch, Livermore is looking a more reliable option from the bench with each passing week.

Lewis Holtby 6

Perhaps tried to do too much, but Holtby's enthusiasm and work rate could be a welcome boost in the second leg when Bale is suspended.

Kyle Naughton N/A

The full back had little to do after replacing Lennon late in the match.

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