4 Interceptions, 1 Assist: New Tottenham signing Fazio steps up against Asteras

Federico Fazio bounced back from a Premier League red card to impress in the Europa League.

After a red card against Manchester City, Federico Fazio needed a solid performance to bounce back for his new side Tottenham Hotspur.

A summer signing from Sevilla, he is still feeling his way into the team, and he certainly stepped up in the Europa League.

The Spaniard was impressive in the 5-1 victory over Asteras Tripoli, leading the team in several areas.

Fazio made eight clearances, more than nearest teammate Eric Dier did with five. He also made four interceptions, a figure matches by Dier, and twice as much as any other Tottenham player managed.

He only made one foul, and completed three tackles, the highest of any defender in the Tottenham team. Midfielder Moussa Dembele was the only of his teammates to make more (5).

With 88 touches of the ball, Fazio was involved more than any other Spurs player barring Etienne Capoue, who made 89. Meanwhile his 90 per cent pass completion rate illustrates he made excellent use of it.

He even delivered an assist, with the cross for Harry Kane's third goal, topping off an excellent all round display.

While he now faces a Premier League suspension for his red card, Fazio's central defensive display alongside Jan Vertonghen was an accomplished one, albeit against relatively weak opposition.

If he continues to play like this upon his return however, manager Mauricio Pochettino will have another tough selection decision to make.

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