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Spurs: Rodrigo Bentancur steals show with World Cup masterclass

A number of Tottenham Hotspur players have been starring at the World Cup in Qatar this week and Thursday was a pretty good day for the Lilywhites’ faithful as Richarlison hit the headlines with a match-winning brace for Brazil.

However, earlier in the afternoon, both midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur and forward Heung-min Son went head-to-head as Uruguay faced South Korea in Group H.

The tricky tie ended in a stalemate but it was the former who arguably stole the show as he put in a commanding midfield masterclass in the heart of the pitch.

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Bentancur, once lauded as a “Rolls-Royce” of a player, has been one of Antonio Conte’s best performers this campaign, having scored four goals and laid on two assists, despite being a more defensively-minded presence.

Only Harry Kane has registered a better average WhoScored rating in the Premier League and he leads the squad for tackles (2.6) per game, too.

That form has evidently carried onto the world’s biggest stage as the former Juventus flop dominated Korea’s engine room.

The 25-year-old was at the centre of everything for La Celeste after he recorded a match-high 102 touches, some 22 more than his partner Federico Valverde (80).

With his dominating presence on the ball, Bentancur was able to play four progressive passes – the second-most of his side – and registered a passing accuracy of around 88%, which was the best of any Uruguay starter, as per FBref. He even led the team for expected assisted goals (0.1 xAG).

It also shows that he was still willing to commit balls forward, just like he does in a Spurs shirt and he did so without losing sight of his renowned defensive work.

Indeed, the Lilywhites machine also registered a joint-most three interceptions, two blocks and one tackle to help thwart Son and co from attacking.

His performance earned plenty of praise from the media. Football analyst Statman Dave tweeted that it was “another brilliant performance” from the Spurs man, whilst Apple senior producer Tom Thorogood described him as a “genius.”

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Sublime” and “elite” were two other phrases attributed to Bentancur’s phenomenal outing for Uruguay this week.

As such, Tottenham’s £16m man put in an under-the-radar masterclass in La Celeste’s Group H opener and he arguably was the north Londoners’ pick of the bunch in week one.

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