I've never seen him play that well before - Gerrard marvels at Tottenham player after Juve draw
By Richard Parks
Steven Gerrard hailed Mousa Dembele’s masterclass in Tottenham’s 2-2 Champions League draw against Juventus as the best he had ever seen him play.
Spurs came from two goals down in the Champions League last-16 first leg clash to achieve parity with a brilliant comeback decorated by outstanding strikes from Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen.
Mauricio Pochettino subsequently hailed an outstanding team performance but the inspiration for a memorable Tottenham performance was central midfielder Dembele.
He dominated the midfield engine room, carrying the ball forward and easing past challenges as if he was playing against kids in his back garden.
Speaking as a pundit on BT Sport’s live coverage of the match after the thriller in Turin, Steven Gerrard could not hold back how impressive Dembele was in his eyes.
“I thought (Mousa) Dembele’s performance was magnificent,” Gerrard said. “I can’t remember him putting in a performance like that on that stage. I thought he was terrific all night.”
The statistics backed up the Liverpool legend’s verdict, with Dembele completing 94 per cent of his 95 passes, 17 more than the next highest tally in the match, from his teammate Davinson Sanchez.
By contrast, no Juventus player completed more than the 29 passes of out-fought midfielder Miralem Pjanic.