Tottenham Hotspur got their pre-season Audi Cup campaign off to a winning start today, scoring the only goal of the match in a 1-0 victory over Real Madrid.
This sees Spurs progress to the final in the Allianz Arena tomorrow, against the winners of Bayern Munich and Fenerbahce, who are facing off against each other right now.
So, who were Tottenham’s standout players in the 1-0 win?
Harry Kane –
The only scorer in the match and Harry Kane could have had a hat-trick. In truth, you feel as if he could have if he really wanted to. The Spurs striker was playing at a canter and still causing the Madrid backline all kinds of problems. He pounced on a Marcelo mistake to race clear and confidently clip the ball past Navas in the first half, a goal that would be the difference. He looks fit, he looks hungry, and he is already racking up the goals.
Erik Lamela –
I didn’t expect the Argentine to start today, let alone be a standout player, but Lamela was top class. No matter what, you always get 100% effort from the attacking midfielder and that showed on a pitch against some groggy-looking Madrid stars. In the first half, Lamela took on almost the whole team in a mazy little run, before clipping the ball to Kane who saw his shot saved. If Lamela can stay fit, he could have a big role to play this season.
Dele Alli –
Alli has been one of Tottenham’s worst performers in pre-season, but he certainly made improvements today. Dele was shifted further forward and pulled off a number of his trademark late runs in behind. The midfielder was really unlucky not to pick up at least one goal, but the performance was impressive nonetheless. He just needs to improve his general match sharpness and first touch now.
Troy Parrott –
Yet another shout out for this lad. Parrott was subbed on the lead the line virtually on his own in the second half and boy did he do well. The young Irishmen was inches away from his first goal of pre-season when Spurs broke away and he dug out a shot past Navas, hitting the inside of the post. At this stage, I would be surprised if he isn’t in the first team set up next season.
Japhet Tanganga –
Tanganga also gets yet another mention. He stepped into a very young second half back line and looked as if he was as wise and experienced as Toby Alderweireld. The 20-year-old threw himself in front of numerous shots and even stopped Eden Hazard from smashing home a certain goal. The lad was everywhere and I believe he should be in the first team next season too.
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