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Spurs: Ivan Perisic ran the show vs Marseille

Tottenham Hotspur secured their place in the knockout stages of the Champions League in dramatic fashion on Tuesday night, with Antonio Conte’s side sealing a 2-1 comeback win over Olympique de Marseille at the Orange Vélodrome.

However, after a typically slow start, things were not looking good for Spurs at the break, with Chancel Mbemba’s 47th-minute header giving the home side the lead shortly before the interval – at which point the Premier League side were sitting third in the Group D standings.

Then, as was also the case in the 3-2 comeback win over AFC Bournemouth last weekend, Tottenham looked like a completely different side in the second half, with Clement Lenglet’s 54th-minute header drawing the visitors level, before Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg sealed all three points with the final kick of the game.

And, while the match-winning Dane was incredibly impressive on Tuesday night, it was arguably Ivan Perisic who was Antonio Conte’s most important player against OM, as the 33-year-old well and truly ran the show from left wing-back.

Indeed, over the course of his 90 minutes on the pitch, the £17m-rated talent was imperious for Spurs in a defensive capacity, making four tackles, four clearances, two interceptions and blocking two shots, as well as winning eight of his ten duels – at a success rate of 80%.

The £180k-per-week Croat also impressed going forwards, enjoying 48 touches of the ball, making two key passes, finding his man with two of his six attempted crosses – one of which assisted Lenglet’s equaliser – and three of his six attempted long balls and created one big chance for his teammates.

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These returns saw the player who Raj Chohan claimed has “clutch factor embedded in his DNA” earn an extremely impressive SofaScore match rating of 8.0 – the best of any player to feature in the match – while Alasdair Gold also awarded the veteran an eight in his own player ratings, as well as stating:

“He was ineffective in the first half but grabbed an assist early in the second with his fine curling ball for Lenglet to head home. He got much better as the game wore on and used all of his experience and made a huge block in front of the Spurs goal at one point.”

As such, while Hojbjerg was Tottenham’s match-winner on the night, it was undoubtedly the show-running performance of Perisic that provided Spurs the platform to go on and seal all three points against OM – something that will have delighted Conte.

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