Tottenham player ratings: Was Moura worth full marks? Ajax win broken down

Thursday, May 9th, 2019 4:30pm

By James Gray @jamestingray

Tottenham qualified for their first ever Champions League final with a thrilling victory over Ajax, triumphing on away goals after a thrilling 3-2 comeback win.

Matthijs de Ligt and Hakim Ziyech had given Ajax a 3-0 aggregate lead before half-time at the Johan Cruyff Arena to leave Spurs, without their talisman Harry Kane, staring down the barrel of a Champions League exit.

However, Lucas Moura was sent through by Dele Alli before the Brazilian doubled his tally, capitalising on a goalmouth scramble and showing quick feet to find the corner of the net.

Spurs looked like they would fall agonisingly short when Jan Vertonghen hit the bar in stoppage time but Moura completed a hattrick in the sixth minute after the expiration of normal time to send the whole of north London and one corner of Amsterdam wild.

On The James Gray Show, our afternoon host ran his eye over the Tottenham team and assessed their individual performances.

Tottenham player ratings

Hugo Lloris - 6: Could do nothing about the goals but did make one or two key saves. However, his distribution lacked the accuracy that Spurs needed.

Kieran Trippier - 5: Mistakes for both Ajax goals. Rediscovered a little of his form in the second half but still bears much of the brunt of any Spurs frustrations.

Toby Alderweireld - 6: Seemed lost in the frenetic first half but managed to regain some composure after the break.

Jan Vertonghen - 6: Should have scored in the 87th minute to save us all a bit of blood pressure and was not the calming influence Spurs needed.

Danny Rose - 7: A genuine attacking threat and produced a sumptuous nutmeg in the build-up to the first goal.

Victor Wanyama - 3: For the second time in the tie, looked like he was playing a different game. Nowhere near the pace of a frenetic encounter.

Dele Alli - 8: One of his best games of the season, although that is not a terrible high bar. Went to find space where he could and proved a troubling influence.

Moussa Sissoko - 6: Wasn't the all-singing, all-dancing, all-powerful central midfielder he is on his best nights but in fairness, there was very little midfield in this game full stop.

Christian Eriksen - 5: Struggled to impose himself on the game and only became effective when dropping deep later in the game.

Lucas Moura - 10: Obviously. Three fine finishes with his wrong foot and the footwork in the box for the second goal was quite brilliant.

Heung-min Son - 7: Hit the woodwork, was direct and never gave up. After an uncharacteristic red card, a return to somewhere near his best.


Fernando Llorente - 7: Changed the game although, again, merely by being him. He is limited but he does a job sometimes.

Ben Davies - n/a

Erik Lamela - n/a

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