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Juan Foyth did all he could to prevent Tottenham Hotspur’s defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League, and while Ryan Sessegnon may have stolen the headlines following his first Spurs goal, his 21-year-old teammate also surely made a lasting impression on Jose Mourinho.
The Argentine defender was selected in a back four by Jose Mourinho as he rotated his XI for a game that ultimately had no meaning; Spurs were guaranteed to finish second regardless of the result.
The Premier League club were ultimately outclassed on the night by a stronger Bayern side but Foyth played well in the heart of defence alongside Toby Alderweireld.
Per WhoScored, he had 49 touches of the ball throughout the 90 minutes and won 100% of the tackles he attempted.
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Foyth also made six clearances and one interception, while completing three dribbles and winning one aerial duel.
Throughout the game, the 21-year-old clocked a passing accuracy of 83%, the second-highest of any Spurs player to start the game.
Foyth may well have played his way into contention under Mourinho, having made just two appearances in the Premier League this season, both of which came under Mauricio Pochettino.
This was a difficult game for Spurs.
Bayern fielded a strong XI, with the likes of Ivan Perisic, Serge Gnabry and Kingsley Coman all starting in a versatile, dynamic front three.
Foyth, though, was adept at repelling those attacks and was perhaps the only defender to really come away from the game with any real credit.
This was the young centre-back’s first game under Mourinho’s management and he will have learned that he can cut it against the very best.
Foyth may well have earned himself an opportunity under the ex-Chelsea boss.
Of course, the likes of Jan Vertonghen and Alderweireld are ahead of him in the pecking order but, still, he has made a mark.
Meanwhile, one Spurs ace was terrible against Bayern Munich.