It really wasn’t Spurs’ night in Madrid. After a crazy start to the game with a penalty being awarded to Liverpool within the first 30 seconds, Liverpool didn’t have to get out of second gear. Liverpool were comfortable both in and out of possession and were cruising for the full 90 minutes. Their whole team was filled with confidence and looked determined to right their wrongs from this time last year in Kiev.
Spurs seemed to come into the game in the final 15 minutes but with Harry Kane off the pace and Allison equal to Son’s late shots on goal, Spurs could not turn it around this time.
However there as positives to take from this for Spurs. They are in the exact same position as Liverpool were last year; both in the league and in this final. With the right investment and attitude, Tottenham could be back in the Champions League final sooner rather than later.
Here’s how we rated the Spurs players performances:
Hugo Lloris - 6
Lloris was hardly troubled during the full 90 minutes but was unable to push aside both Salah’s penalty and Origi’s low drive.
Kieren Trippier - 4
Trippier’s delivery was poor and often left space for Mane and Robertson to run into.
Toby Alderweireld - 5
Alderweireld was strong during Liverpool’s many corners but couldn’t keep Origi’s shot away from goal.
Jan Vertonghen - 5
The Belgian looked uncomfortable when on the ball and failed to find decent passes forward into midfield.
Danny Rose - 6
Rose lacked his usual creativity on the left hand side and will not be happy with his performance in what could be his final game for Spurs.
Harry Winks - 7
Winks performed well and brought stability to Spurs’ midfield during the first half.
Moussa Sissoko - 5
Sissoko’s handball gave Liverpool an early lead and he often lost possession with sloppy play.
Dele Alli - 6
Alli showed his quality in moments but ultimately couldn’t find that killer pass for Spurs.
Christian Eriksen - 4
Eriksen found a couple of good long balls to Spurs’ wide players but found no joy with his short passes to his midfield partners.
Harry Kane - 3
It was clear to see that Kane wasn’t fully fit tonight and was easily marked out of the game by Van Dijk.
Heung-Min Son - 7
Spurs’ best player. He created chances for himself and was the only one to trouble Allison late on in the game.
(SUB) Lucas Moura - 4
Moura came on after 66 minutes but he was wasted in a deeper role behind both Kane and Son for the majority of the second half.
(SUB) Eric Dier - N/A
Dier replaced Sissoko but had no impact on the game.
(SUB) Fernando Llorente - N/A
Llorente’s height and strength couldn’t help Spurs this time around.
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