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”

  • Will Christian get some minutes?

    I’m looking forward to seeing Parrott and Kane in tandem. And Tanganga starting alongside Jan this time… Winks Sissoko and Ndombele start. Perhaps Tanguy will be seen in a more attacking role today…

  • Some tough challenges going in for a so called friendly…

    Parrott playing well again. Not bad from Spurs but could do better…

    All change in the 2nd half I would think.

  • Great work by young White and super control by Lucas results in deflected shot which rolls in at 2mph. Coys

  • Better half from Spurs. Shame to lose but a very good run-out for the squad…

    I think most go our 1st team players are looking quite sharp and the youth all put in good shifts again.

  • Thanks HT, I found a very good stream.

    Jeez…..what was Moussa on in the first half! Very poor goals to concede from such tight angles.

  • Yes… Sissoko was (let’s say) a wee bit over enthusiastic in that 1st half…

    I thought Lamela was looking pretty fit and sharp. Let’s hope he can stay that way for a season, for once in his Spurs career…

  • The Sissoko ‘stamp’ on James is being overplayed somewhat, if you watch the action closely James hooked his arm around Moussa’s ankle to stop him getting away and what we saw was his reaction to free his foot.

  • Lamela has looked sharp in both games HT, as you say lets hope he can remain fit and contribute more to the squad rotation this season.

  • I love Sonny boy and think he should start every game but …. I have to say that he was far too reluctant to pass the ball in this game. I don’t think Gazza made any blunders. The ball was hit hard and low and although he got a touch it wasn’t enough to stop it going in. It happens. And to his credit, Lloris could learn a lot from his distribution. Parrot looks very sharp and I was impressed (again) with Skipp.

  • I wouldn’t say Gaz made blunders but he sure’s hell should have done much better with both goals.

    I personally don’t rate him. We need a better number 2 coming through.

    Good to see the kids getting game time.

  • Gazza and the 2 United goals?

    Sometimes us supporters like to insist that goalkeepers should have made certain saves. When really it’s more a case of could’ve but not necessarily should have. It’s the same as when strikers don’t score what we may see as simple chances. In fact if goalscoring was as easy as it sometimes looks to the spectator, then surely many more goals should indeed be scored. Then again sometimes it’s because the keeper made a fine save. But with so many of the goals that do get scored it’s often because the keeper just couldn’t get to save them! Haha!

    Anyway, my opinion in real time was “Gazza, you should have saved that!”; with the first goal. And with the second goal? I just praised United for some great wing-play and finishing…

    Gazza is a good goalkeeper. Lloris is better. It doesn’t make Gazza a bad keeper because he is not as good as Lloris. But it is the reason he is our second choice. It would be damn hard to retain a young keeper who was at the equal level of Lloris. And yet as we all know, Hugo makes mistakes too.

    Maybe this goalkeeping lark ain’t as easy as it can so often look.

  • ……. In the same game I pointed out to De Gea on at least 2 or 3 occasions that he should’ve caught the ball easily when each time he elected to punch it out. And that was without being challenged by a single Spurs player. “I would’ve caught that!” I exclaimed. “Even now, at my age!”

    But De Gea is definitely one of the worlds top keepers. So what do I know?

  • Never been a fan of Gaz. He doesn’t deserve the nickname Gazza. He hasn’t earned it.

    Never said being a keeper was easy. Still think he is a bang average keeper and that is my opinion based on watching him since his Saints days.

    We must be looking at a future number 1. With Hugo turning 33 it’s just commonsense we need to be looking at better options.

    I see a keeper that makes foolish decisions, has poor goal keeping awareness and has poor concentration. I like his foot work though. Hope that helps. 😉

  • RD, that post wasn’t directed to you. Many supporters said Gazza was at fault. You say you don’t rate him, fair enough.

    What I will say though is that with outfield players we nearly always will give them the benefit of the doubt when not playing to their best ability after not having been a regular in the side. Usually this is when returning from injury or from just making the odd few minutes as mainly a sub. We call it not being match fit or not up to speed or whatever. Why should it be any different for goalkeepers?

    I’ll suggest that it’s even more difficult as a player for all 2nd choice keepers, who can be left sitting on the bench for almost entire seasons, several seasons running… And that really can’t be easy for them when they do have to step up. In fact most do pretty well when they do.

    Anyway, I don’t have a definitive opinion on Gazzaniga (Gazza) because of this. He just hasn’t had a long enough run in the team for me to really judge him even more fairly. All I can say is, I think he has done well enough, all things considered.

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