Tottenham Hotspurwere held by Eintracht Frankfurt in Germany to remain second in group D after manager Antonio Conte named an unchanged team for Tuesday nightsChampions Leagueouting.
That side were defeated 3-1 by arch-rivalsArsenalin thePremier Leagueat the weekend but were unable to make amends as Spurs were wasteful and careless in front of goal.
Its now back-to-back European nights without a victory, leaving the north Londoners sat in second place, tied on points with Die Adler.
There were still some positives to take from the game as the Italian and his men now prepare for a top-flight clash withBrighton and Hove Albionon Saturday evening.
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One player shone throughout the encounter at the Waldstadion and that was Clement Lenglet on the left side of defence. An absolute rock who gave his all during the 78 minutes he was on the pitch.
Indeed, theFC Barcelonaman was heavily involved throughout the game, registering a total of101touches of the ball, which was the second-most of any player involved and had he played the final 12-plus minutes, then there wouldve been a good chance that he finished the game leading the way.
A lot of Tottenhams build-up play started through him and that was further reflected by his82passing attempts, which he was successful in 83% of the time, whilst he also pulled off five long balls to good effect.
Also perSofaScore, the French colossus was efficient defensively, having recorded more tackles than anyone else on the pitch (five) and that was on top of four clearances, three interceptions and a total of ten duels won a win rate of 71.4%.
Lenglet is currently Contes only natural left-footed centre-back, so he has proven to be a useful addition to the squad thus far and his performance against Frankfurt highlighted exactly why he can be a consistent starter for the Italian going forward.
The 27-year-old also caught the eye of Evening Standard journalistDan Kilpatrick, who graded him amongst Spurs top performers on the night in his post-match ratings column Looked most comfortable of the back three in an assured display. Occasionally got forward to overlap Perisic, he wrote.
Its no wonder France national team boss Didier Deschamps has previously lauded him as a world-class, whilst football writer Andrew Gaffney once described him as a special talent amidinterestfromManchester Unitedin 2018.
Hes Tottenhams shining light now, however, and both Conte and the fanbase can count their lucky stars that the50k-per-weektitan is, as he proved absolutely crucial to the clean sheet over in Germany on Tuesday night.
The returning Ben Davies could now have a fight on his hands heading into the weekend.
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