Tottenham’s impressive performance in the International Champions Cup saw them gain a 2-2 draw with Barcelona … only to lose 5-3 on penalties.
Spurs fought back from 2-0 down against the Spanish champions, watched by a crowd of 66,805 at the Pasadena Rose Bowl. Barca were ahead after just 15 minutes when Munir headed in and then Arthur doubled their lead. However Spurs battled back.
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Son Heung-Min scored from close range after Christian Eriksen’s shot was blocked. Then, Georges-Kevin N’Koudou levelled in a goalmouth scramble – Anthony Georgiou had a shot blocked and Son back heeled the ball to N’Koudou who converted.
It has been a quiet transfer window for Spurs so far whilst their opponents had made just the one signing, splashing £36.5 million on Brazilian star Malcom from Bordeaux.
It is now less than two weeks until Tottenham get their Premier League campaign underway against Newcastle on 11 August.
Brazilian winger Lucas Moura is definitely up for it. He arrived in north London from Paris Saint-Germain during January but failed to make an impact. However, signs that he will be much better this coming season were evident during a promising display in Spurs’ 4-1 win over AS Roma when he grabbed two goals.
Speaking to Sky Sports, he said:
“I hope this season I will be 100 per cent ready to help the team…I feel comfortable now but I am a little bit reserved, a little bit shy, but all my team-mates are very nice and I am so happy, everyone helps me…It is a pleasure to be here and I am so proud of this.”
Disturbingly however, injuries are already piling up. Victor Wanyama was again missing after suffering a recurrence of the knee trouble that blighted his campaign last season. Erik Lamela was also out.
Victor Wanyama's ongoing knee injury flared up again in training for the game against AS Roma on Wednesday.
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Then, Tottenham suffered another blow during the course of the game when Moussa Sissoko limped off with a hamstring problem in the 35th minute. Two years after a £30 million move from Newcastle, Spurs fans are still unconvinced by Sissoko.
“The staff are happy with me so I’ll keep going,” he responded. “My first season here wasn’t easy. I came late, I didn’t have pre-season. But last year I played a lot of games and I did well, like the team. This year is going to be the same. I will try to play more and to do better and better.”
Mauricio Pochettino has described him as one of his most important players, using him in 33 league games last season.
Injury worries too over Harry Winks – the midfielder underwent surgery on his ankle in the spring. He is said to be doing some training but still feeling discomfort. Winks featured in 25 Premier League games for Spurs last term, and made his international debut in England’s 1-0 win over Lithuania back in October. Had he been fit he would have been in contention to make Gareth Southgate’s World Cup squad in Russia.
Winks last featured for Tottenham in their 6-1 FA Cup replay win over Rochdale in February. However, the 22-year-old was awarded a new deal, agreeing terms on a five-year contract.
The final game of the teams US trip will take place on 31st July, when Spurs face-off against AC Milan at the US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.
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