Date: 21st July 2019 at 8:30pm
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Tottenham Hotspur kicked off their pre-season campaign in the International Champions Cup with a positive victory over Juventus out in Singapore on Sunday.

As attentions turn to Manchester United, before we pivot to the Audi Cup and the tie with Real Madrid as we travel to Germany, the Juventus clash should certainly whet the appetite ahead of the 2019/20 Premier League campaign and the game held plenty of positives.

Erik Lamela (30), Lucas Moura (65) and Harry Kane (90+3) all got on the scoresheet to give us the 3-2 win but Kane’s effort as he lobbed Wojciech Szczesny deep in stoppage time will certainly take the headlines from the game.

Plenty of youngsters also got decent run-outs as fans continue to expect big things from Troy Parrott and Jack Roles (but they weren’t the only potential stars of the future on show) and it wasa debut for record signing Tanguy Ndombele.

Paulo Gazzaniga got an early chance to impress again as well with Hugo Lloris falling foul of a bout of tonsillitis, so all in a good weekend.

Juventus (4-3-3): Buffon (Szczesny 46), Cancelo, Rugani (Demiral 46), Bonucci (c) (De Ligt 63), De Sciglio, Can (Rabiot 46), Pjanic (Muratore 76), Matuidi (Kastanos 76), Bernardeschi, Mandzukic (Higuain 46), Ronaldo (Pereira 63). Substitutes (not used): Pinsoglio, Loria, Di Pardo, Coccolo, Beruatto, Toure, Frederiksen, Mavididi.

Spurs (4-3-1-2): Gazzaniga, Walker-Peters (Marsh 71), Alderweireld (c) (Foyth 46), Tanganga (Vertonghen 46), Georgiou (White 71), Skipp (Bowden 90+2), Winks (Roles 63), Dele (Sissoko 46), Lamela (Ndombele 63), Son (Lucas 46), Parrott (Kane 46). Substitutes (not used): De Bie, Whiteman, Lyons-Foster, Eriksen.

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530 Replies to “Spurs Open Pre-Season With Victory Over Juventus – The Pre-Season Match Thread”

  • Folks, will this suffice as a pre season match thread or do folks want one for each game?

  • I’m sure this will suffice Danny, as I can’t see that there’ll be very many posts for each match.

  • Hi guys. One thread should do fine, Danny. What did everyone think of the game? I don’t understand why the media keep referring to the ICC games as friendlies. If there is a trophy to be won surely it has to be a competition?

    The commentator said that it was the best ICC game he has seen so far and from what I’ve seen I’d have to agree. Despite being the first pre-season match we played very well.

    It was interesting to note that we played better in the first half when the team was stacked with academy players. Not one of them let the team down. The commentator mentioned that MP has been at Tottenham for six years and therefore all academy players are used to playing the same way (Pochettino’s way) at every level …. making the transition through the academy ranks fairly seamless. That was evident in this game and, I would imagine, puts us streets ahead of every other PL academy.

  • Geofspurs – I think pretty much every team has all its age groups playing the same way these days. The problem for many of them though is they change managers so frequently. Every time you change managers the chances are you change playing style.

  • Danny… this thread should be ok until season starts. Unless there is massive response to spurs winning all their games and silverware !

    Geof, the 5 yr project poch and Levy agreed is showing a good number of young players who are of enough quality for the PL squad. Obviously all young players cannot get 1st team status, and will have to go elsewhere for their future senior team games. It is exactly what Levy said he wanted to do, about THFC (to go in another direction) when Harry Redknapp left, too many older players on high transfer fees and high wages with no or very little refund on sales, hence Spurs Balance sheet losses. So AVB was appointed, then Poch. With sales revenues from the academy it becomes self sufficient, and the very top quality players are retained.

  • jod …. That was exactly the point. We have stability and continuity…. at the moment.

  • Danny….this is a good enough thread until it all kicks off, season that is lol!

    I watched the game, really enjoyed it, the nippers really showed their worth and how Poch and his team of coaches are teaching the way they want Spurs to play, as I said I really enjoyed the game, not to mention “Our Arry’s” goal, ok! I’ll mention it, what a goal from 50 yds, he nonchalantly lobbed their ex-gooner Spurs hating goalkeeper, Luv it! haha! COYS

  • Oh yes! Troy Parrot, do we have a Harry back up already in our midst?

    He lead the line excellently yesterday, linking up with Son so well, esp as it was against very experienced defenders. COYS

  • We’ve had too many useless threads recently. Open up new ones as needed and try to open them when relevant for real comment.

    Nice start to a new season and nice to see Harry Kane score before August has run its course. What a smashing goal! When a gentle lob is a smasher!

    Really nice pass by some new lad or other on the Moura goal. who was that? lol.

    God, I’d like to see Lamela up his goal totals this season. The rest of his game has been quite positive, but he hasn’t been scoring the goals a man with his talent should.

  • Liking the sound of Lo Celso and Sessegnon.


    Foyth Toby Verts Sessegnon

    Sissoko N’Dombele

    Lo Celso Alli Sonny

    Quality looking 1st team – looking forward to seeing what it can do. Wouldn’t mind a back-up striker but Parrott looks quite tasty from yesterday’s showing…..!

  • You have to feel sorry for our neighbours having to make do with loan signings……..don’t you?

    • The. One article will do,I’m being confused by all them articles posted.
      Liked the look of Ndombele ,all the youngsters performed well.
      We’re all talking of parrot but I like the look of that young defender playing central defence.
      Funny name…evades me at the moment..

      Tanganga….looks proper…lol….hk.v Woolwich keeper…coys….looking Bright

  • EJ, I’m not so sure about your 2 fullbacks. Both are still very young and both are very much works in progress. I think they may be a step back on Trippier and Rose as first choice players…

    I’m hoping that Rose will stay but if he doesn’t then surely Davies is the main guy for the left. I’d also prefer KWP on the right side. But at the moment, it’s anyone’s guess.

    Can’t say I’ve ever watched Lo Celso, so I haven’t a clue about him. But hopefully if he is bought, it’s as a back-up to Eriksen and others and not his replacement.

    Back to the Juve match, I too thought Parrott was impressive. But let’s remember, he has only just turned 17. He may not be quite ready for regular 1st team football as yet. We’ll see though and Poch will know best…

    Anyway with the young guys on show, I am very positive about the future for Spurs. We have some talented young players. But the one that really stood out fr me v’s Juve, was Skipp. I thought he ran the show in midfield.

    Going back to KWP, I thought he handled Ronaldo very well and got forward with ease. However, pre-season friendlies are not the way to judge players and the team too much in respect of the upcoming season…. Maybe Ronaldo was taking it easy… And most of them only played half a game or so, anyway…

  • Going back to Ryan Sessegnon; If he is bought by Spurs who’s to say where he will be played by Poch?Personally, I have a feeling that he is not quite strong enough defensively as yet. And may never be. It could well be that MP will consider him as predominantly an attacking player. After all he has played mostly in advanced positions for Fulham in the past couple of seasons.

    I certainly can’t see him stepping straight into the starting 11 anyway. No matter where he is played. I’m only going by what I saw in the PL last season and tbh, I wasn’t that impressed. A prospect, yes but, nowhere near ready for a first team place, in my humble opinion.

    Anyway, he’s still a Fulham player at this time… But, we’ll know soon enough if he is indeed to become a Spur.

    If so, his price seems to have more than halved in this past year, seeing as how the speculation this time last year was all around the crazy sum of £50m. Now the talk is of £20m… Now that seems a bit more reasonable for a 19 year old player from the Championship… Do we get his twin brother Steven thrown in for free? BOGOF!

  • Like you HT I wasn’t that impressed by Sessegnon’s performances in his PL debut season, I appreciate he is still just 19 years of age but personally I’m not convinced he will succeed at the highest level.

    I have a similar opinion on KWP. He is a decent enough lad with some qualities, and clearly loves Spurs, but I feel he is too small and lightweight to carry out the defensive requirements of his position, he is easily bullied and knocked off the ball. I can’t see there is much likelyhood of his height increasing now, whether he can add bulk that will make any difference without affecting his speed I don’t know.

    On both counts I am happy to trust in Poch’s judgement as he knows more than me!

  • Hi, TQ2. I know I said I prefer KWP but I did mean as opposed to Foyth or Aurier at this time. Aurier just seems a bit unreliable and injury prone and Foyth is new to the role. I do actually agree with your reservations about KWP. But I also agree with putting my trust in Poch too.

    If we do sell Rose after selling Trippier I suppose we have to trust the Poch has a cunning plan in store for those two positions. Ether that or he’s winging it… LOL

  • If he has HT we can only hope it’s better than one of Baldrick’s cunning plans! :- )

    • Sorry, can’t resist. Boris Johnson as the new Baldrick with cunning plans.

      My real fear is that a hard no-deal Brexit will hurt the Spurs ability to compete with the best teams in Europe.

  • Has anyone seen any information regarding live streaming of Thursday’s game? The only thing I have come across so far is that it is being shown live on MUTV, they surely can’t have exclusive rights to it?

  • On that subject…….weren’t we the winners of the International Champions Cup in 2018?

    Doesn’t that count as silverware? :- )

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