MOUSA DEMBELE absolutely bossed the game for Tottenham against Juventus and was key to them grabbing a brilliant 2-2 draw.
The thing that stood out even back then was how strong he was and how hard he was to knock off the ball.
That was certainly the chat about him in our camp.
He has always seemed like the perfect midfielder — strong defensively but good on the ball too and able to eat up ground quickly. The Belgian glides across the turf.
And now he is key to the way Tottenham play.
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He is the start of the chain. Stop him and you stop Spurs. Against Juventus Dembele attempted 105 passes and completed 100 of them.
The player he passed to most was Eriksen, which illustrates his role.
Juventus midfielder Sami Khedira, on the other hand, attempted ten passes and completed just eight.
That shows how dominant Dembele was.
On his own, he completed nearly half as many passes as the whole Juventus team.
It is good he is getting recognition now because I feel he has been a bit of an unsung hero at Spurs.
The dirty work he does sometimes goes unnoticed.
Maybe he has been overlooked a bit because he has not been as consistent as he is now.
Certainly over the last 18 months he has developed into one of the best central midfielders around.
Now he is showing it on the biggest stage.