Results for Pre-season

The feelgood factor

7:00 pm
The feelgood factor

Michel Vorm spoke after the Inter Milan game, which Spurs won 6-1. It was a performance that showed some superb movement at times and was encouraging from our passing point of view, from how well Vincent Janssen slotted in and from the performance of individuals.

Vorm himself looked far more at ease with the sweeper keeper role coming out several times to kick or head away. Ryan Mason, although his detractors won't admit it, looked more like his old self. He was taking shots at one end as a forward running midfielder and making crucial tackles in our own area. One or two wayward passes, but it was much more the Mason we first saw.

It was only a friendly but it was a good workout against decent opposition. The feel good factor it gives the squad can only be a plus for the opening Premier League game as Vorm pointed out after the game.

“I think it's a great win. We dominated almost the whole game and scored some very good goals so I think we can be very pleased for all the guys. It's good for everyone to be honest, a very good result. We played two good games in Australia last week but with a different result and now we've played well, scored good goals and everybody took part in this game so that's very positive. Obviously we're almost at the start of the Premier League so I think it couldn't be better. 
“The good thing is that we know what we want, we know how we want to play so the only thing we can do is improve and get stronger physically and mentally for the first game against Everton. You also know that the Premier League is totally different to the friendlies in pre-season so even though we're happy about this result I think next week it's totally different so we're just going to work hard like we always do and make sure everybody is ready to get a good result at Everton."

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Team announced

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The Tottenham team has been announced to play Inter Milan soon out i Oslo. Cameron carter-Vickers gets some more time to impress Pochettino, this time alongside the returning Toby Alderweireld.

Mason starts in midfield, where he may well start the season with Mousa Dembele suspended for gouging Diego Costa at Stamford Bridge. The first choice attacking three behind Kane all start, Lamela, Alli, Eriksen.

Spurs Subs: Lloris, McGee, Trippier, Davies, Walkes, Wimmer, Carroll, Winks, Amos, Edwards, Harrison, Janssen.

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The first team return to action

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One day to go before Hugo Lloris returns to a Tottenham shirt when we take on Inter. Jan Vertonghen is not fir yet although he is training and is ahead of schedule to return. He isn't a part of the squad who have travelled, neither is Victor Wanyama who get some game time in Australia. Nothing sinister, his visa didn't arrive in time for him to go to Norway.

Really sad I couldn't make it to Oslo. Was looking forward to playing Inter, unfortunately my visa didn't get processed in time

Marcus Edwards and the other youngsters get some more time around the first team to help them fee a part of the set up. When you are a small 17-year-old it is a big step up mixing with the first team squad on a regular basis. It is one thing training, but match day is quite a different affair and players have to get accustomed to the atmosphere surrounding the day. This is not just turn up change and play football, there is a lot more to deal with.

Listening and taking in team talks, seeing how those instructions are interpreted, media fuss, crowd emotion, pre-game routines, food, travelling, handling defeat. We were taking youngsters to Europa League games to experience the whole world surrounding the games and getting them used to it. It is an attempt to remove mental barriers, to make youngsters more comfortable and feeling more a pert of a group so when the time comes that they are going to be used they have had everything done to give the their chance to impress.

The idea with Dele Alli last season was to give him cameo appearances and get him used to the Premier League with a view to him playing regularly this season. He threw that out of the window but he is the exception to the rule. harry Kane was given small cameo appearances here and there, it was all a building process.

Cameron Carter-Vickers, Anton Walkes, Harry Winks, Marcus Edwards will all be waiting an a chance to get on the pitch. Of them all you would say Harry Winks made the biggest impression in Australia and together with Josh Onomah who has cameo roles last season, to make more than the odd fleeting appearance.

You can understand some who went to Australia sitting this one out, but Nacer Chadli hasn't made the squad, plenty will read plenty into that. Indeed they have already started on Twitter, plus the omissions of Trippier and Ball. People do love a conspiracy theory.

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Spurs name squad for Inter Milan fixture

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Tottenham take on Inter Milan in Oslo tomorrow (Friday) with coverage on ITV4 beginning at 3.45pm in the UK. The squad travelling for the game has been announced.

The 'stars' come back who missed the Australia trip to get some game time into their legs and lungs. Toby Alderweireld, Dele Alli, Ben Davies, Mousa Dembele, Eric Dier, Harry Kane, Hugo Lloris, Danny Rose, Kyle Walker and Kevin Wimmer all travel.

Their are also inclusions for Luke Amos, Marcus Edwards, CameronCcarter-Vickers, Shayon Harrison, Anton Walkes and Harry Winks. We do seem to be well covered in the goalkeeping department with three Keepers Hugo Lloris, Michel Vorm and Luke McGee.

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VIDEO: Harry Winks vs Atletico Madrid

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Continuing to look at our young players in Australia and after the video of 17-year-old prospect Marcus Edwards, we'll take a look at the performance of Harry Winks.

The 20-year-old started against Atletico Madrid in Melbourne today after impressing against Juventus in the first game. He once again looked to play the ball forward and played with energy and enthusiasm. He certainly looks ready for a loan and a whole season playing competitive football rather than being stuck playing against Under-21 and Under-23 players.

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VIDEO highlights vs Atletico Madrid

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Tottenham played another prestigious fixture in pre-season after the Juventus game, this time it was the turn of Spanish Champions League runners-up Atletico Madrid and seven of that side started this game, which they were fortunate to win, with Spurs hitting the bar and the post.

Brief match highlights can be seen in the video below which is only a little over 4 minutes so won't eat into your day too much.

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VIDEO: Erik Lamela vs Atletico Madrid

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Erik Lamela is looking more and more the part for Tottenham now and seems able to pick out passes in the last third better than most. he is effective coming in from wide and breaking centrally when we counter attack.

He made a difference when he came on against Juventus and he was part of a good Spurs display against Atletico Madrid. He was linking up well with Janssen and hit the post with a shot that had the keeper beaten. His game can be seen in the video below.

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Simeone and Pochettino

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Mauricio Pochettino and Diego Simeone know each other form their playing time with Argentina and coaching in Spain. Both have been linked with the vacant Argentina national manager role and both have ruled themselves out for now.

As you would expect they have both been very complimentary about the other and have been catching up with each other when time permits. Both sides are in pre-season with their own objectives on this tour. Our, on the field, is to give some game time to our senior players and some experience to our youngsters. They are not often going to get the chance to play in a 100,000 seater stadium.

In the first game against Juventus there were 31,000 and again our youngsters are not used to playing in front of such crowds with such expectations. It serves many purposes and dangles the carrot for them to work even harder to become a Premier League professional footballer.

This would be a potential starting line up in LaLiga for thoise wanting to see what sort of team Atletico are playing.

ATLETICO MADRID (4-4-2) - Oblak, Vrsaljko, Savic, Godin, Filipe Luis; Saul, Gabi, Koke, GAITAN; Griezmann, Torres.

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Can Carroll do anything worthwhile this time

9:00 am
Tom Carroll once again put on a one-man show to get himself sold. The lad is a 24-year-old, he is no longer a prospect, he should be performing, he should be taking control, but he plays like one of the kids learning his trade. I thought he should have left 2 years ago and I have seen nothing to change my mind.

Nabil Bentaleb has clearly fallen out with Pochettino because he is twice the player Carroll is and they play in the same area of the pitch. Carroll was tried for 45 minutes as a central attacking midfielder, that didn't work, he was making the wrong choices on the ball and not executing the options he chose well enough His cross he should have bent beyond the defender, the ball he played from a promising position didn't have a hope of reaching its target and that is what makes the difference in the final third, you have to have that bit of quality, he hasn't.

Harry Winks took his chance, he looked a far better player and is one to give more game time to in the next game. Josh Onomah looked a far better player, Yedlin looked comfortable

Harry Winks is a far better prospect than Tom Carroll.....using the word 'prospect' for Carroll is also embarrassing, he's 24....time to go.

We are delighted to announce we have reached an agreement with for the transfer of Tom Carroll

The next game is tomorrow morning (UK time) against Atletico de Madrid where the youngsters will get another chance to shine. If Carroll is at the base of midfield I want to see him move us forward, not sideways in pretty fashion. Substance, what substance will he produce? There are a hundred players who can play the simple sideways pass, there is no need to hang on to a player if that is all his game is.

I suspect he is happy to be in the squad as a third choice, getting a bit here and there. He doesn't seem to have the drive to improve himself or stamp his mark on a game. His main assets seem to be he keeps the wages down helps with the home grown quota and is happy to be third choice. On the field he offers nothing someone else couldn't do.

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VIDEO: Will Miller vs Juventus

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VIDEO: Will Miller vs Juventus

We have seen videos of Victor Wanyama, Marcus Edwards and Harry Winks, now it is the turn of 20-year-old (21 next June) attacking midfielder Will Miller, who played out of position at left-back. The video lasts just under 5 minutes and shows a confident player.

There is one point three-quarters of the way through the video where he is in open space, running forward and pointing where he wants the ball, but, and this highlights a problem I have mentioned several times, he then has to stop and wait for Wanyama's pass to arrive, it simply isn't played hard enough and stops a potential swift attack. It is so obvious, so simple to solve and so frustrating that we don't seem to learn from it. That kind of delay allows the defense time they shouldn't have to get prepared.

Prior to this game he had only played for our Under-21 side and hadn't sat on the subs bench for the senior team like Harry Winks did last season. It may only be a pre-season friendly but it was quite a game to make your debut in, a game against Juventus who won their fifth title on the trot and retaining the Italian Cup.

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VIDEO: Edwards performance vs Juventus

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VIDEO: Edwards performance vs Juventus

Marcus Edwards is known across Europe as a prodigious talent in the making. There have been many a prodigious talent though who has not made it, who has though they are the bees knees before their time.

Mauricio Pochettino is well aware he needs to be handled carefully. He has to be encouraged with game time to show him the level h has got to get to and what he needs to do to get there together with protecting. Too much too soon can mentally break a player.

The players in the first team squad have been very impressed with him in training, he has tremendous technical ability. He'll needs to grow ans experience playing against Under-21 players and then men, which is he one problem with Under-21 football. All you do is play against people of your age when you need to be playing real football that matters. It si why loans have become so important with no second XI football any more.

Mauricio Pochettino was happy with the mentality of the youngsters after going 2-0 down after 15 minutes. Dwelling on mistakes affects your game and you end up making more. For a youngster staying positive against older and more experienced players is not always an easy thing to do.

"I'm happy with all the young players. They behaved fantastically and the performance too. It's fair to pay attention to Marcus Edwards because he's a very talented player. We need to be careful with all the young players. He's only 17 years old -- we need to care for him in a very good way."

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VIDEO: Wanyama performance vs Juventus

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VIDEO: Wanyama performance vs Juventus

Most Tottenham fans were happy with the capture on Victor Wanyama earlier this summer, despite his last season at Southampton being marred by red cards. previous to that season he hadn't had any trouble which suggests he wasn't fully committed last season,indeed I believe he refused to play in the Europa League at one point. He had wanted a move to Tottenham and the club refused to sell him so he went through the motions for most of the season.

He is a defending defensive midfielder as opposed to the linking role that Mousa Dembele plays. Against Juventus we got our first chance to have a look at him and he strolled around the game conserving energy, probably in the knowledge that he was going to be playing the whole game.

Some of his passing could be firmer, much the same as Vertonghen or Dembele who often strokes the ball so the receiver has to wait for it to arrive and the opposition have time to adjust. generally he did look to play the ball forward past pressing attackers and he did a marshalling job with strength when required.

A couple of lapses were countered by winning the ball in the opposition half and playing a quick pass to Lamela for our goal. His individual performance can be seen in the four and a half minute video below. In the next article we'll take a look at young Marcus Edwatds performance.

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A steep learning curve for the youngsters in the furst-half

11:59 am
It was a tough first half for Spurs against a technical Juventus side.

A mistake from Miller with a poor pass and then a poor Dominic Ball touch led to a Dybala goal. Steep learning curve for the Spurs youngsters. He was well marshalled by Cameron Carter-Vickers just before that.

Juventus were giving our youngsters a lesson in pressing, Wanyama was clearly learning where to be in relation to his teammates and the back four were lost what to do with the ball. Juventus were often pressing with a three and cutting off the passing lanes well while we were often pressing with one.

The running off-the-ball wasn't great so players at the back had few passing options. Tom Carroll didn't show enough as a central midfielder, when he had the chance to shoot, he passed, when he had the chance to cross it wasn't a good enough ball, decent but not good enough.

Janssen had no service so we couldn' see what he could do and there was a lot of passing backwards to give ourselves time.

I have to agree with Tony Gale when he says Development football is almost a complete waste of time ad that we should not have got rid of the old system where clubs had a second XI who played midweek. The youngsters play against men, not boys, the game actually has tackling in it instead of sterile Under-21 football and they get to play in stadiums with crowds.

There doesn't have to be a 20 team league, reduce the size to similar to what it is now and spread it over the season, there are options that would teach players a lot more than they are being taught now about playing senior football. You have to think at a totally different pace and handle greater pressure.

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Locals say Spurs friendlier than Juventus players

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Building our fanbase through local communication is important to Spurs, we don't just fly in and fly out like Manchester United did in America while we were there. We take the time to go to local events and engage as much as we can with the local community. We bring out coaches and set up coaching programmes for school children and Ledley King has a full agenda of public engagements to fulfill.

Even the players who have to train try to do their bit to show what a friendly club we are. The locals in Melbourne are apparently saying we are friendlier that the Juventus team and happier to sign autographs for fans turning up to open training sessions.

The team bus that took us to he game today. Juventus at Melbourne Cricket Ground, a large stadium for our youngsters to experience, it feels like the season is just beginning after too long a wait.

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Is Carroll switch the key to unlock him

10:15 am
The team for the opening game has been announced and we are immediately going to get a look at some of the youngsters, plus what looks like a new role for Tom Carroll as a central attacking midfielder.

A young backline, the two possible understudy's as defensive midfield, an attacking three of Son, Carroll and Chadli with new boy Vincent Janssen as the lone striker.

What stands out from that is something many of us would like to see, Tom Carroll taken away from the defensive midfielder role and played further forward. That seems to be the suggestion given Mason has been training alongside Wanyama.

Could this move be the key to Tom Carroll's Tottenham career, which let's be honest isn't going anywhere at the moment.

Tottenham Subs: McGee (GK), Glover (GK), Walker-Peters, Yedlin, Amos, Edwards, Lamela, Onomah, Walkes, Winks, Harrison
Juventus XI
Neto; Lirola, Benatia, Rugani, Alex Sandro; Lemina, Hernanes, Asamoah; Pjanic, Pereyra; Dybala

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Trippier being perssed by Yedlin

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Trippier being perssed by Yedlin

Is the Australia tour a head-to-head for our two right-backs Kieran Trippier and DeAndre Yedlin?

The news on Sunday revealed hat Southampton may make a bid that currently has no chance of success, £5-million for Kieran Trippier. This is the same club who paid double that for a Chelsea reserve, Ryan Bertrand and a Liverpool reserve has just been sold for more than that too.

Of course, the Southampton bid would be an opening bid, thus it isn't their final offer, but would Spurs entertain such a bid anyway. We know that all the Tottenham players want to stay, unsurprisingly they see a club in progression with an exciting time ahead of us. We also know that any player Pochettino wants to keep will not be sold.

The sites trying to make a transfer story our of it or that Levy is looking to make a profit are premature, we haven't had pre-season to have a look at DeAndre Yedlin yet so don't know if we can rely on him to rotate with Walker.

Kieran Trippier is the backup to Kyle Walker and improved as he season went on. He and Walker were rotated, which with Champions League football may happen regularly early in the season and may mean Trippier playing a lot more Premier League games than European games as he did last year. It depends how Pochettino approaches the Champions League.

DeAndre Yedlin was bought from Seattle Sounders and loaned out to Sunderland for the season. The word from training is that he is a different player to the one we sent up North. His technical skills were way below standard when we bought him, but now they have improved substantially. It is something Jurgen Klinsmann has also commented on.

The Australia trip for the International Champions Cup in Melbourne to play Juventus and Atletico Madrid plus the trip to Norway to play Inter Milan affords Pochettino the chance to assess him in game situations as well as every day in training.

He is American and the American market is still in its infancy, Having an American on the books attracts interest. We have just seen Spurs sign a deal with Kumho Tire, a South Korean company because we have Son Heung-min, a South Korean playing for us.

We have American Football coming soon and it would be advantageous to our image to have an American playing for us. All the new people hearing about Tottenham and Association Football would immediately have someone to focus upon and it is little things like that that can help build new fans.

Pochettino will be aware of all those factors. Spurs will want Yedlin to succeed, but to do so he has to get to the level we need. has he made it to that level, does he need another loan spell, Pochettino will find out in Australia and Norway.

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The future of Tottenham

12:30 pm

Mauricio Pochettino has taken a young squad to Australia, all of whom who will be hungry to show him what they can do.

They will play in front of crowds they rarely do and be representing the name of Tottenham Hotspur, which carries with it the challenge of not letting the shirt down.

There is the pressure of who they might face, the pressure of not being overawed, the pressure of new conditions, new te,temperatures, the pressure of impressing Pochettino. Some will rise to the occasion, we'll have to wait and see who it will be this pre-season. Mason came to the fore in America, Ceballos didn't and is now at Charlton Athletic in League One.

"It was a big disappointment for us, the end of the season. It's important for us to rest mentally and physically. In Sydney it was fantastic and to repeat it this year would be fantastic for us. 
"Two years ago we went to America with a lot of talent and a young Harry Kane. Two years later Harry Kane is one of the best strikers in the world. 
"We feel sorry because we cannot bring all our full squad. For the players involved in the Euro it was too difficult to bring them. They are not fit. It's a good opportunity for our supporters to see the future of Tottenham."
It is a big trip for many of the younger and fringe players, for others, it is a training trip.

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Spurs being paid £2.85m + travelling and training fees

5:00 pm
There are many reasons for touring Australia, or at last taking part in an International tournament in a different state than last year. Then it was Sydney, now it is Melbourne, which you'll find to the bottom right on the map. They may look close together but are in fact 878.8km (546.06 miles) apart. London to Edinburgh is only 668.19km (415.2 miles) away.

Money of course plays its part, Spurs are being paid to go there.

Spurs, Juventus, and Atletico Madrid will be paid at least £2.85-million (€3.4m - AUS$5m - US$3.73m) million each in appearance fees to take part in the 2016 International Champions Cup and they will have all their travel, accommodation and training expenses covered.

The London-listed organisers, TLA Worldwide, chaired by Melbourne entrepreneur Bart Campbell, will be receiving about AUS$8-10 million from the Victorian state government to assist in bringing the top teams to Melbourne. They do this as the influx of tourists, from abroad and from other Australia boost the local economy by many times the initial investment. Speculate to accumulate.

They have helped sponsor the International Champions Cup for three years now and it has brought in over £150-million into the economy Victorian (Melbourne is part of the state of Victoria) Sports Minister John Eren told the press.

Australia has a large Asian community, it is close to Asia and Asia is an important region to Spurs. The market is huge and we have just seen a sponsorship deal with Kumho Tire because we have a South Korean player. Our shirt sponsors are AIA, an Asian company and Ledley King stopped off in Singapore to launch a new AIA initiative before going to Australia.

Tottenham have a big following in Australia and they saw all the stars last year, this year it is a weakened squad with players needing rest after the European Championships. Which youngster is going to stand-out, who is going to come forward and catch the eye? That's the biggest question for many on this our, it could launch a career or two and see first-team opportunities as a result.

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A satisfactory training exercise

12:30 pm

In our first pre-season game behind closed doors, against Championship side Nottingham Forest, Spurs came out on top 3-0. The game is not about though but about starting to get players fit and prepared for the new season.

Son Heung-min, who will miss the start of the season due to his participation in the Olympic games for South Korea, opened the scoring after only a couple of minutes. After 5 minutes Spurs were two up when Development Squad player Luke Amos crossed for Tom Carroll to score. The fact that Carroll is playing for Spurs after the end of his contract must means the club had an optional year and have evoked it, unless I have missed him signing a new contract. As ever with Tom, everything is understated.

Alex Pritchard scored the third, smashing home a Nabil Bentaleb pass. New signing Victor Wanyama started in the Eric Dier role while Ryan Mason started alongside him in the Mousa Dembele role.

Feels nice to be back on the pitch again

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Get your football fix

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Despondent Tottenham football fans can look forward to getting their football fix in July with news that a Tottenham Hotspur XI will visit Peterborough United in a pre-season friendly.

The date: Saturday July 18th
The time: 3 pm
The place: ABAX Stadium
Advance price: £10 adults, £5 under 18's
On the day price: £15 adults, £10 (senior citizen, 18-21-year-olds), £5 Under 18's

Tottenham face an MLS team at the wonderfully named Dicks Sporting Goods Park on Thursday August 30th before presumably the development squad take Stevenage, now managed by Teddy Sheringham at the Lamex Stadium on Saturday, August 1 at 3 pm.

We then move onto the Audi Cup where we can rub shoulders with some elite clubs. A game against Real Madrid on Tuesday August 4th is followed by a game against the losers of the Bayern Munich vs AC Milan game.

Then Saturday August 8th we have the Premier League season kicking off away to Manchester United.

It's an awkward year with the season starting early and international tournaments going on right now. Players will need some rest time before they embark upon pre-season training which leaves little time for pre-season friendlies this year.

Hardly surprising everyone is trying to get early deals done.

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