Tottenham ended their International Champions Cup tour of the USA with another win over Italian opposition – this time AC Milan.
An impressive victory from a Spurs side dominated by youth players over a strong AC Milan side fielded by Gennaro Gattuso.
The Lilywhites now face one more pre-season game against La Liga’s Girona on Saturday 4, August.
N’Koudou staking his claim to stay?
Georges-Kévin N’Koudou scored his second goal in as many games, following his late equaliser against Barcelona last week. The Frenchman has had a turbulent time at Spurs so far and was even loaned out to Burnley last season where he failed to impress.
However, in his two games in the ICC he has looked fresh and eager to make a difference in the squad. He certainly made the difference last night, his left-footed thunderbolt proved too much for Gianluigi Donnarumma to deal with and proved to be the winning goal.
Amos and Skipp have bright futures ahead
Luke Amos yet again looked at home in the middle of the Spurs midfield. The 21-year-old put in yet another mature performance and certainly held his own against a tough opposition.
Although Oliver Skipp was not as influential last night as he was when he came on against Barça he still had moments of brilliance – including ‘that’ Maradona spin in the first-half.
With a depleted midfield, could these two youngsters have staked a claim to make the side which play against Newcastle United?
Eriksen missed dearly
Christian Eriksen was given a well-deserved rest for the first-half of the game. The Danish international had returned early from his break to take part in the competition and has certainly covered some miles over the summer.
However, without him there was a clear disconnection between the midfield and the forwards and this changed instantly when he was introduced in the second-half.
Milan couldn’t finish their dinner
Despite a lot of positive talking points, Milan had more than their fair share of opportunities on goal but squandered each and every one of them.
Patrick Cutrone was the main culprit, he had three golden opportunities in the first 45 but failed to convert any. In the dying minutes of the game, Luca Antonelli broke down the left and only had to square it to Nikola Kalinić who would’ve had an open goal but his pass was far too heavy for Kalinić to prod home.
Llorente and Lucas went missing
Fernando Llorente and Lucas Moura had such a positive start to the USA tour with the pair both grabbing a brace in the 4-1 win over AS Roma. However, both have struggled ever since.
Llorente looked well off the pace last night – granted he did not get a lot of service but the Spanish giant struggled to grab the game by the scruff of the neck to help the team.
Lucas Moura, he looked like the player we all thought we had bought against Roma but since then has struggled to replicate his heroics. Whether that be down to fatigue remains to be known but he will have to become more consistent to work his way into the Premier League starting XI.
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