Tottenham Hotspur summer signing Federico Fazio made his competitive debut in the club's 1-1 draw with Partizan Belgrade.
Fedrico Fazio's Tottenham debut proved a fairly routine affair, despite his side's inability to overcome a resilient Partizan Belgrade. The Serbian outfit put up a strong fight against their Group C rivals, collecting a fully deserved share of the points.
This was his first appearance since swapping La Liga for the Premier League - he last featured in Seville's European Super Cup defeat to Real Madrid in Cardiff - yet he showed no problems slotting into heart of Mauricio Pochettino's defence, alongside Belgian international Jan Vertonghen.
Aside from a brief moment in the first period - which saw him misjudge a simple header in the six-yard-box, leading to a Partisan attempt at goal - the Argentine defender had a solid 90 minutes. The towering 6'4" won 100% of his aerial duels and showed great composure to complete 88% of his 68 attempted passes - a total greater than any player from either side.
His tackling ability is yet to be tested. The Partizan attackers rarely challenge the Spurs back four with direct dribbling and therefore the chance to get stuck in never arose. He did display his ability to read the game, however, contributing four clearances and four interceptions.
Spurs should have no problems progressing from their group, but Fazio's presence will further boost their chances of reaching the knock-out stages. Considering he won this very competition last term, his continental experience is likely to prove vital, especially if Pochettino opts to constantly rotate his side.
A seasoned-pro in Europe, Tottenham's youngsters could learn a lot from the Argentine's performances.