Results for Spurs vs Inter

Spurs humiliation cost Mancini his job

8:57 am

Breaking News from Italy is that Inter Milan head coach Roberto Mancini is to leave the club after his side were thrashed 6-1 by Tottenham in a pre-season friendly. There has been trouble brewing as Mancini does not see eye to eye with the club's owner Erick Thohir, who has reportedly decided to appoint Frank de Boer.

The Dutchman has traveled to Milan and is ready to become the new Inter Milan manager following the  finalisation of terms for Roberto Mancini to leave the club.

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Inter vice president backs up Pochettino view

11:00 pm
Inter vice president backs up Pochettino view

Inter Milan vice-president Javier Zanetti spoke on the sidelines during and after the 6-1 defeat to us in Oslo and he reaffirmed the views I was expressing all last season and that Pochettino expressed in Australia.

"There are still to weeks to the first real game and we must do everything and more to get better. Even a defeat like this is an important test because we played with a team that starts next week the league.  
"We should not look for excuses, we take note of defeat and work."

It is an attitude you must have to be a successful club, no excuses. Zanetti has seen plenty of success at Inter and now they are looking to revive those days. 

Fans need to start thinking like successful fans and stop making excuses for players. That isn't to say you bemoan every misplaced pass, a pass is often made where you expect a player to make a run and he doesn't. It isn't the player lacking movement who gets the criticism, it is the player who passed the ball, but who's mistake is it really?

Individual errors will happen, eve Messi makes them. It is more the attitude towards the club and towards playing, towards improving yourself, towards keep going when you are not playing.

The debate of Alex Pritchard will rage, but he came out and made an excuse, he claimed he wasn't given a chance, yet he was training every day, that is what he is paid his wages for. Football is dog eat dog, if you want to play prove it to the boss.

The competition for places, especially with th youth coming through is great. Pochettino can't play all of them and he can't put all of them on the bench. Onomah, Edwards, Winks, Carter-Vickers, Walkes, Ball to name a few. what you can't have is 23 or 24-year-old players who haven't established themselves blocking their way.

Tom Carroll seems to be the new Tom Huddlestone, plenty of ability you rarely see and happy to be a third choice while he makes up the home-grown quota. With performances in pre-season Harry Winks must be pushing him for his place in the squad. Carroll is up for sale if we are offered enough money.

For me, he should have gone on loan to Ajax when Christian Eriksen came to Tottenham. He had the chance but turned it down and apart from bulking up he hasn't changed much, he game has hardly advanced. That is just the sort of mentality that needs changing. You see signs he has changed, but not enough for me.

Harry Winks looks hungry, could you say the same about Tom Carroll? Which attitude would you want at Tottenham, for me and those who have seen consistent success at their clubs it has to be the hungry no excuses, take responsibility approach.

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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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VIDEO: Spurs 6 Inter Milan 1

9:00 pm


If you haven't seen the performance that put a smile on everyone's face against a side who had played more pre-season friendlies than we have, then take a look at the video of the performance below.

Vincent Janssen got off mark, Harry Kane got off the mark, Erik Lamela got off the mark, Dele Alli got off the mark. The game could hardly have gone better, even one of the youngsters got off the mark Shayon Harrison.

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Performance shows a marquee signing is simply for the fans ego

7:00 pm

Should Spurs make a marquee signing, do we need to make a marquee signing? The debate revolves around whether you want a name or a player to fit, the two are not always the same.

A marquee signing makes a statement to your rivals we are told, which quite frankly is rubbish. Do you seriously think Mauricio Pochettino looks at a name of a teamsheet and starts getting worried? I can tell you, you don't think that way as a coach, you look at the whole picture. It is more important to know how a team plays and what the weaknesses are in their system, not who is in their team.

Every single player is analysed to see what they do in any given situation and players are then advised what they might do and what a player can do to come out on top. A coach doesn't just look at a marquee signing and isn't fazed by them either, nor are good players. If a player is affected by a name then he doesn't have the mentality to be a winner and needs to be sold.

A marquee signing doesn't make a statement to other clubs, it is just media hype. It is only fans and the media who place great store by it. The media, who are only fans themselves, nothing more, simply feed the myth with statement of intent garbage. Find out what truly motivates a player and tap into that, that is a statement of intent and far more effective than splashing the cash for the sake of it.

There is no guarantee that a marquee signing will be a success, many aren't. Manchester United paid £61-million for Angel de Maria, he lasted a season before moving on to where he wanted to be in the first place PSG. Emmanuel Adebayor could be considered a marquee signing at the time, as soon as he had signed a contract the effort dried up, he was getting his money.

The most important aspect of signing a player is not his name or his price, it is whether he fits into the squad, the environment and whether he will be effective within the system. We have bought Victor Wanyama, not a marquee signing but a player who strengthens the squad, a player we can trust to play the Eric Dier role. A player that fits, that is effective.

We have signed Vincent Janssen, a Dutch striker who was setting new benchmarks in Holland and who has forced his way into becoming the number one Ditch national striker. He again fits our system and we await the goals that I'm sure will come.

Manchester United bought marquee signings last summer, where did they finish? Answer, below us, Chelsea are full of marquee names, where did they finish? Answer, below us. Liverpool keep buying 'names', where did they finish? Answer, below us. Manchester City made marquee signings, where did they finish? Answer, below us.

Why then, if we finish above teams who make marquee signings do some fans clamour for a marquee signing? It isn't to improve the side, in all honesty, it is for their ego, it is to make them feel better because they don't trust Mauricio Pochettino. A fan simply assumes signing names improves sides, that isn't always the case. What many overlook is that every coach is not equal.

However just as some players are better than others, the ones with the right mentality to go with their talent, so coaches are not equal either. Some are better than others, in fact, there is a lot of mediocrity among coaches, just look at the incompetence of Roy 'Bungle' Hodgson whose personally selected coaching staff argued with him over his abysmal and antiquated coaching methods.

Pochettino stands out among coaches. Tottenham created more chances than anyone else and conceded less chances than anyone else in the Premier League last term. We fought at the top of the table to be beaten by a side who had no marquee signings themselves.

It is time people got over this fixation with designer label names and chequebook football. It isn't the name that counts, it's the mentality of the individual and you don't need to have a name to have the right mentality.

The game we have just witnessed, thrashing Inter Milan 6-1, rather puts into perspective the daft comments of some that Tottenham are not preparing for the Champions League. You prepare with a young team by improving as a group, not by changing half the team. Some it seems are still stuck in the past, can't grasp the strategy of keeping a young team together and growing with them.

Vincent Janssen showed he fits our system beautifully and he showed a goalscorers instinct by anticipating and being on the move to accept his chance while others were expecting a free-kick.

The performance, while still rusty, showed all is well ahead of the new season.

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Team announced

3:00 pm


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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Inter Milan squad includes Brozovic and Icardi

11:30 am

Inter Milan coach Roberto Mancini has named 21 players in his squad for the friendly game against us at the Ullevaal Stadium in Oslo, Norway today.
Their new signing Antonio Candreva has not been included although Ever Banega, a new arrival from Sevilla, has been called up. Tottenham have been linked with Marcelo Brozovic who has also been included, as has captain Mauro Icardi.
Goalkeepers: Handanovic, Carrizo, Berni;
Defenders: Ranocchia, Ansaldi, Erkin, Murillo, Miranda, D’Ambrosio, Nagatomo, Yao;
Midfielders: Melo, Kondogbia, Bessa, Banega, Brozovic;
Forwards: Palacio, Icardi, Jovetic, Biabiany, Perisic.

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The first team return to action

7:00 pm

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

3:28 pm

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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Fazio, Pritchard, Edwards, Lloris, Inter Milan game

12:30 pm


Federico Fazio is in Rome finalising the details of a deal after Tottenham turned down the offers being made by Espanyol who couldn't really afford his wages. The Roma deal is a better deal financially for us.

Alex Pritchard - Brighton have reportedly agreed a fee which everyone seems to be guessing about. It is perhaps £5-million plus £3-million add-ons. Everyone is suggesting the fee could rise to the £8-million we are asking. This deal has gone through quickly because Brighton, presumably through former Spurs full-back and now Brighton manager Chris Hughton, had a meeting with Daniel Levy agreeing the outline of a deal.

There are plenty of rumours that Marcus Edwards has signed a new contract which we would surely have ensured prior tp taking him to Australia and giving him game time.

Hugo Lloris is back in training at Tottenham after appearing to injure himself against Portugal in the European Championship Final.
ITV4 will be showing the Inter Milan game from Oslo on Friday before the first game of the season against Everton on 13 August. Tottenham face Inter Milan at the Ullevaal Stadion in Norway with kick-off at 4pm. Coverage will begin at 3.45pm.

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