Federico Fazio - Tottenham's best defender v Burnley

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Tottenham defender Federico Fazio impressed as Tootenham beat Burnley.

Tottenham defender Federico Fazio was picked out by head coach Mauricio Pochettino for praise after his solid display against Burnley.

The Argentine produced a dominant performance as Tottenham defeated Burnley 2-1 to rise to sixth in the table.

He was Tottenham's standout performer at the back, and not for the first time in recent weeks. 

  MatchWon TacklesInterceptions WonAerial Duels WonAccurate CrossesShots BlockedAssistsGoalsTotalMins Played
Federico Fazio Tottenham vs Burnley 1 6 11 0 0 0 0 18 90
Jan Vertonghen Tottenham vs Burnley 3 4 3 0 0 0 0 10 90
Ben Davies Tottenham vs Burnley 0 1 4 0 0 0 0 5 90
Kyle Walker Tottenham vs Burnley 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 90

Using HITC's formula to assess defensive performances by adding up key attributes, Fazio's score of 18 was the second best in the entire Premier League on Saturday, behind only West Ham's Winston Reid.

Fazio won more interceptions and aerial duels than the rest of his teammates combined, continuing to show an improved awareness and greater positional sense than in his opening performances in England.

He is developing a solid understanding with Jan Vertonghen at the back and keeping captain Younes Kaboul out of the team. There will be greater tests to come than Burnley, but this was the sort of game in recent times that Spurs have slipped up in.

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