It has been a superb week for Tottenham in Germany as they beat both Real Madrid and Bayern Munich to lift the Audi Cup.
Spurs beat Madrid 1-0 yesterday to qualify for the final where they edged past the hosts on a penalty shootout.
Let’s take a look at the five things we learned from the game:
Foyth injury –
Starting with the bad news, Juan Foyth was unfortunately stretchered off the pitch after he sustained an off-the-ball injury to his ankle. The initial scenes didn’t look good for the young Argentine who is only part of the squad due to an early return to train up as a newly-converted right-back.
Tottenham Hotspur are champions… of Germany… sort of. Spurs managed to lift a piece of pre-season silverware by defeating Bayern on penalties at the Allianz Arean. While a pre-season tournament means next to nothing, beating high-class European teams is always a good habit to get into.
Nkoudou… is that you?
Eyebrows were raised when Georges-Kevin Nkoudou was named in the starting line up against Bayern this evening, but boy did the Frenchman come good. Midway through the first half, the winger showed off a cute little flick over his defender before delivering the sweetest of crosses for Lamela’s opener. Could there be hope for him yet?
Faith in youth –
Pochettino showed faith in his academy prospects yet again this evening, so much so that a number of them had to step up and take a penalty for the Lilywhites. Oliver Skipp dispatched his coolly, as did Jack Roles, while even central defender Japhet Tanganga found the bottom corner. A great piece of experience for the youngsters.
Dele Alli lagging behind –
While a number of Spurs players, such as Kane and Son, look ready and raring to go for the new season, Dele Alli looks far behind in his preparations. While he is improving from game to game, Alli still looks sloppy on the ball and lacking match sharpness compared to his teammates. With Eriksen, Lamela, and Moura all getting on the scoresheets, could Alli find himself on the bench come the new Prem season?
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