Results for Audi Cup

Still a bit for Ben Davies to work on

8:00 pm
An excellent first half from Tottenham in a quite entertaining game watching the youngsters play against AC Milan.

It was a training game let's be clear about that, players will have had less hard training over the last couple of days, one session instead of two with a game instead. Plenty of these players won't be playing at Old Trafford so can put their full energy into the game.

Yesterday I speculated whether Tom Carroll would take his chance the way Dele Alli has done in pre-season to shout to the head coach, 'I should be starting'. He is starting where I prefer to see him, further forward where he can create with through balls rather than as a defensive midfield playmaker.

The commentator may well be right when he said he feels Pochettino has installed a new mentality in Carroll and boosted his confidence. He took his goal brilliantly, early and first time, compare that to Lamela who kept fluffing his lines. Lamela may be behind fitness wise, but he should have done better over the two games with the clear cut chances he had. The image above shows a lovely through ball to find Carroll who has made an intelligent run.

Luke McGee made a few saves and looked comfortable in goal, he is young but shows the promise that may see him develop into a future keeper, that's a way off yet though. Eric Dier still looks a little at sea at times as a defensive midfielder but he seems to be playing regularly there now so has to learn the role. he can play centre-back and right-back so has versatility about him, that can be good for the club but bad for him unless he is careful.

At right-back, Kieran Trippier looked more solid than Kyle Walker and with our defense needing tightening up he may well be the option leaving Walker to up his game in the UEFA Europa League. On the left Ben Davies was better but the worry is when teams switch play to a wide man just outside our area. Walker gets out to his man fast to close down danger, Davies doesn't.

It is essential in those situations to keep your opponent outside the box, but Davies continually lets them inside to cut onto their left foot to have a shot. He has to get out wide to his man quicker, but he doesn't seem to be learning that.

Josh Onomah was making some superb runs which demonstrate a reading of the game/ That intelligence together with the right mentality makes the difference for talented footballers. Harry Winks didn't look out of place and Dele Alli showed he has a big future again.

This is quite a crop of talent we have coming through and it augers well for the future. These lads are going to be first team regulars when the stadium is built. The opposition were poor and allowed us to play, but you still have to play, you still have to enjoy playing in a big arena in front of a big crowd, it's a bit of a difference to Burnley away in the FA Cup in front of 9,348 fans, boosted by a large travelling Tottenham contingent.

Some players get overawed and disappear or make mistake after mistake, but these youngsters seem to thrive, it all augurs well. No surprise Bayern Munich had a scout at the game and Pep Guardiola was watching intently, perhaps he sees a future some of our own fans don't.

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Still a bit for Ben Davies to work on Still a bit for Ben Davies to work on Reviewed by THBlogNews on 8:00 pm Rating: 5

Soldado, Real Madrid & Season Preview

12:30 pm
A selection of articles from Spain, America and the UK that include match reports, tweets, interviews, predictions, a look at misfiring strikers and the club trying to buy Roberto Soldado, Villarreal.

Wales Online are doing a season preview and this article is all about our chances this season. Every prediction I have seen so far puts us in 6th behind Liverpool, what do the Welsh website say?
Wales Online - Tottenham Hotspur Season Preview

If you missed the Real Madrid vs Tottenham Hotspur game then the Telegraph have an as it happened article so you can get a good overview of the game which includes Twitter comments. If you want to start from the beginning of the game instead of the end then scroll to the bottom and work your way upwards.
Telegraph - Real Madrid vs Spurs

It is always a good idea to get more than one perspective of a game especially from people who are not biased Spurs fans. Check another match report from a major news source, The Independant., which includes the after-game interview with Spurs head coach Mauricio Pochettino.
Independent - Real Madrid vs Spurs

Spanish newspaper Marca have published a story, with plenty of videos, about fallen heros that includes Fernando Torres, David Villa, Fernando Llorente, Dani Güiza, Alvaro Negredo, Sergio García and our own misfiring striker Roberto Soldado. We have tried to buy at least two of these, possibly three in addition to Soldado!
Marca - Fallen Heros?

Villarreal are trying to buy Roberto Soldado so here is an article written by a fan that references Roberto Soldado as it discusses the money angle at the club. The website is aimed at the American market.
Villarreal USA - Wheeling & Dealing

Previous Tottenham Articles
The 'jealous of Chelsea' minority
Spurs archaic trust in hope
The invisible change Pochettino is making

Soldado, Real Madrid & Season Preview Soldado, Real Madrid & Season Preview Reviewed by THBlogNews on 12:30 pm Rating: 5

Kaine in goal vs Real Madrid

4:00 pm

It's Real Madrid today and a chance for Tottenham to pit themselves against Gareth Bale and Luka Modric. Marketing dictates that that will happen, it creates press stories for all concerned so fills the column space. Spanish paper Marca have produced the following picture from our first meeting in 1925, we would be happy with a similar result.

2010/2011 Season UEFA Champions League
Wednesday 13 Apr
Ist Leg
Tottenham Hotspur 0 - 1 Real Madrid

2nd Leg
Tuesday 05 Apr
Real Madrid 4 - 0 Tottenham Hotspur

Real Madrid won 5-0 on aggregate

With another game tomorrow we'll see a training exercise with players getting an hour at most. Often teams are changed at half-time with the majority of the first-team playing in the first-half but one or two playing in the second-half with the youngsters.

It'll be a chance to see some of the youngsters again and have a look at Kieran Trippier and Toby Alderweireld in a Spurs shirt. I'm more interested in how our defence get on in this game than our attack, the first-choice defence that is.

Further Tottenham Reading
Former CB Mike England MBE interviewed
Improving decision making will lessen mistakes
It's been quite a change to our defence
The invisible change Pochettino is making

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Kaine in goal vs Real Madrid Kaine in goal vs Real Madrid Reviewed by THBlogNews on 4:00 pm Rating: 5

Audi Cup Squad poses plenty of questions

7:00 pm
Tottenham have announced the Audi Cup squad for the upcoming games in Germany, first against Real Madrid and then against either Bayern Munich or AC Milan. Two players we won't be playing against are Ronaldo and Benzema, neither have been included in the Real Madrid squad.

Hugo Lloris is in the party again, he travelled to the USA but as expected didn't play in the MLS All-Star game, Vorm and McGee undertook the duties. The injury Lloris had takes about 6 weeks to heal which would by 6 August so it's touch and go whether he'll be ready for Manchester United.  I don't see it mattering if he has had any pre-season friendlies or not, such is his importance to us.

Michel Vorm
Hugo Lloris
Luke McGee
Kieran Trippier
Kyle Walker
Danny Rose
Ben Davies
Eric Dier
Federico Fazio
Toby Alderweireld
Kevin Wimmer
Jan Vertonghen
Nabil Bentaleb
Ryan Mason
Harry Winks
Dele Alli
Mousa Dembele
Tom Carroll
Josh Onomah
Christian Eriksen
Erik Lamela
Nacer Chadli
Harry Kane
Harry Kane being the only striker named tells you Roberto Soldado and Emmanuel Adebayor won't be with us this season, Chadli is a stop-gap striker at the moment in the same way Gareth Bale was at times.

Will Walker start ahead of Trippier again, are Alderweireld and Vertonghen now our first-choice central defensive pairing, does Rose start ahead of Davies, who partners Bentaleb, will Yedlin be brought on in midfield?

Still plenty of questions to answer and the progress of Tom Carroll, Alex Pritchard and Dele Alli to watch for first-team places with Josh Onomah and Harry Winks developing as the next generation behind them

Spurs vs MLS All-Stars: Vorm (McGee, 63); Walker (Trippier, 46), Alderweireld (Fazio, 63), Vertonghen (Wimmer, 46), Davies (Rose, 63); Bentaleb (Carroll, 46), Dier (Winks, 63); Chadli (Yedlin, 63), Eriksen (Alli, 46), Dembele (Onomah, 63); Kane (Coulthirst, 77).

Further Tottenham Reading
Improving decision making will lessen mistakes
It's been quite a change to our defence
The invisible change Pochettino is making

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Audi Cup Squad poses plenty of questions Audi Cup Squad poses plenty of questions Reviewed by THBlogNews on 7:00 pm Rating: 5
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