Spurs 1-1 Inter Milan (3-4 On Penalties): Five Talking Points

Sadly it wasn’t to be for Spurs in their last game of pre-season against an Icardi-less Inter Milan side as they lost 4-3 on penalties after drawing 1-1 in normal time.

Lucas Moura got on the scoresheet for Spurs in the opening 3 minutes to nudge Tottenham in front before Stefano Sensi levelled the scoring on 36 minutes. Missed penalties from Christian Eriksen and Oliver Skipp handed Inter the win after extra time.

Here’s five things that we took away from the game.

Moura looks sharp

Lucas Moura was unplayable at times. The dynamic Brazilian caused Inter Milan problems all game and perhaps a little lack of fitness was the only thing stopping him from affecting the game up until the final whistle. He got in behind the Milan backline and even got himself on the scoresheet. Moura and Kane up top this season looks a certainty.

Valuable minutes

The result aside, it was a good test for a Spurs side desperate to improve their match fitness – and what better way to do it than against one of Italy’s most decorated outfits. It’s always nice to pick up the win in pre-season for confidence but improving the squad’s match fitness comes first with a tough test ahead of us on Saturday.

Nullification of Perisic

The Tottenham backline nullified the threat of the potent Ivan Perisic all afternoon. Maybe being slightly out of position hindered the Croatian stars ability but Spurs still managed to keep him quiet all game. He’s a player who’s been linked with the club in the past and I’m sure Spurs fans will be glad he’s staying at Inter after that performance.

No Injuries

No fresh injury concerns from the game means Spurs are at a clean bill of health (excluding Dele) for the game against Villa – something Poch would’ve been praying for.

All eyes on Saturday

All of our attention now turns towards this Saturday as Spurs open the Premier League season against newly-promoted Aston Villa. Villa have spent well over £120 million this summer and have bolstered their ranks with some shrewd pieces of business so it won’t be an easy task for Poch’s men to overcome. Let’s hope we can get off to the best of starts.

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