Tottenham ace reveals being star-struck by facing Wayne Rooney, admits 'Playstation' dream

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Tottenham midfielder Benjamin Stambouli says playing against Manchester United was something he could only do on a Playstation.

Tottenham earned a valiant point against Manchester United on Sunday, with Hugo Lloris keeping Spurs level with a string of fine saves.

The game also saw Ryan Mason partnered by Benjamin Stambouli in the centre of midfield, with the former Montpellier star facing United for the first time.

Stambouli, 24, has impressed in his limited playing time for Spurs this season, and has reflected on his appearance against the Red Devils, saying that it's something that he would only do on a Playstation!

"I am usually on holiday at this time of the year," said Stambouli. "Now I am playing against world-class players. I had only played against them on Playstation. It is this kind of match which makes you realise that it is on another level."

Stambouli was required to mark Wayne Rooney during the match, and told L'Equipe how he was star-struck at facing the England international.

"I was asked to man-mark Rooney. He is very strong - a legend in England. But you can't spend the 90 minutes watching him. If you let these players express themselves, you are dead," the Frenchman continued.

"Even while being man-marked, he was playing everything one-touch. He sees everything. Keeping him quiet is complicated. If you did not see much of him, all the better!" he added.

Stambouli's work against Rooney is likely to earn him more playing time in the coming weeks, with manager Mauricio Pochettino no doubt impressed with his display.

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