Taking a closer look at the performances of the Tottenham Hotspur and AS Monaco players.
Tottenham Hotspur were just minutes away from a hard-earned and well-deserved three points against AS Monaco in the Europa League on Thursday evening, but an 81st-minute striker from Stephan El Shaarawy left Mauricio Pochettino and his men frustrated.
A 1-1 draw means Tottenham are still in a good position to qualify from their group, but they should have won this match against a poor Monaco team whose domestic struggles followed them into Europe.
One player who was particularly impressive for Tottenham on the night was left-back Danny Rose; a player who has had to wait patiently for chances this season after seeing Welsh international Ben Davies take his place in the Premier League.
So far this season Rose has featured only four times and only once in the league, but against Monaco he shone, suggesting he is up for the fight with Davies.
It was a fight he no doubt thought he had won last season, but a new campaign means new challenges and it will be interesting to see if this performance earns him a starting spot when Tottenham take on Swansea City on Sunday.
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Rose’s opposite number on Thursday was Portuguese international Fabio Coentrao, who is currently on loan at Monaco from Real Madrid.
Rose did not look out of place compared with the 27-year-old; in fact he outshone him in some key areas including passing accuracy, clearances, shots and dribbles.
For those not inclined to take much notice of statistics, you only had to watch Rose’s performance this week to see how good he was as the race to be Tottenham’s undisputed number one left-back took yet another twist.