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Mousa Dembele's highlights during Juventus 2-2 Tottenham show he's one of a kind

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Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen's goals may have sparked Tottenham's comeback against Juventus on Tuesday night, but one other player deserved huge credit for his performance.

In yet another dominant midfield display, following on from Saturday's north London derby victory, Mousa Dembele absolutely bossed it in the middle of the park.

Juventus' players couldn't get near the Belgian, who somehow combines brute force with grace as he glides across the turf.

Just look at these statistics: 116 touches, 99 passes (95% passing accuracy), seven dribbles (85% completion) and four tackles (100% won).

Dembele produced nothing short of a masterclass at the Juventus Stadium, which drew huge praise from Steven Gerrard and Rio Ferdinand in the BT Sport Studio afterwards.

"I thought Dembele's performance was magnificent," said Gerrard. "I can’t remember him putting in a performance like that on that stage. I thought he was terrific all night."

And Ferdinand added: "Dembele was a player who people were looking at and saying he doesn't create enough, he doesn't do this, he doesn't score.

"He's been withdrawn in that midfield to dictate the tempo of a game and he is doing that better than anyone at the moment."

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A highlights reel has now emerged of Dembele's performance against Juve and it just proves how unique the 30-year-old really is.

Dembele may be over six foot tall and strong as anything, but the way he cushions and retains the ball is mesmerising and unlike any other player in Europe right now.

The Belgium international isn't fast either, yet through his control and balance, he's able to dance past opposition players with ease. Check it out.

MOUSA MASTERCLASS

Now that's how you control a midfield.

This summer marks six years since Dembele joined Spurs from Fulham and with 18 months remaining on his contract, Mauricio Pochettino would be wise to tie him down to an extension.

Even more pressing for Tottenham's manager is that Dembele is attracting interest from China, with Beijing Sinobo Guoan said to be preparing a move this month.

Dembele could be lured to China by the £160,000-per-week wages on the table, suggesting Pochettino needs to act fast.

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Topics:
Mauricio Pochettino
Tottenham Hotspur
Premier League
Mousa Dembele
Christian Eriksen
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