Tottenham 6-1 Inter: Spurs topple Italian giants
Posted by Featured Articles | Published on August 5, 2016
Tottenham concluded their pre-season campaign with an emphatic 6-1 demolition of Italian powerhouses Inter Milan. Mauricio Pochettino’s side arrived in Oslo ahead of the game with the view of bouncing back from two defeats to fellow Champions League participants Juventus and Atletico Madrid in Melbourne, just days ago.
The Spurs boss named a strong starting line-up which starred many returning first-team players; such as the likes of Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Eric Dier, to name a few.
Tottenham began with tempo, pressing Inter back to the edge of their area and subsequently forcing mistakes. Five minutes in, and Spurs had their first sight of goal. Kyle Walker raced in behind the Inter defence and was forcefully challenged. Rather fortuitously, the officials flagged up for a penalty, despite the defender’s rather clear emergence with the ball. Harry Kane stepped up following an anti-climactic European Championship and slotted past ‘keeper Handanovic, handing Spurs a deserved lead.
The Premier League outfit ploughed on, moving the ball freely and confidently. A slight lapse of concentration from starlet Dele Alli saw Inter break down the left with pace through EURO 2016 sensation Ivan Perisic, who fired home past Michel Vorm to level the score.
Tottenham were in vicious search of regaining the lead, and did-so in style. Five minutes before the break, winger Erik Lamela picked up the ball on the edge of the area, and had time to sumptuously curl the ball into the far corner, giving Handanovic no chance.
Spurs emerged after the break, with Pochettino making 5 changes, welcoming back Hugo Lloris and Ben Davies, and giving Trippier, Winks and Janssen some more game-time. The changes saw Tottenham line-up with 2 strikers on the field, which has come as a rarity in recent seasons.
Janssen created an instant impact from coming on; using his strength and linking up well with his new teammates. The Dutchman played target-man for Tottenham’s third, holding the ball up for Alli who executed the finish confidently. Spurs again came back with a flurry or chances. A deep cross from Trippier saw Kane’s header crash off the woodwork and Lamela unable to flick the rebound home.
A fourth shortly arrived, through work from Lamela who drove at the Inter defence, squaring to Kane who expertly lashed home a fierce effort, unstoppable for Handanovic, who he his work cut out all day. Spurs’ fifth came minutes later. Alli’s hard work and determination barged through the Inter back-line, the ball just squirming through to Janssen, who simply finished into the corner. 19 year-old Shayon Harrison was also brought into play, scoring just 2 minutes after coming on from Lamela’s unselfish cut-back, ending the game 6-1 wrapping up a comfortable and promising performance.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side end a rather abrupt pre-season on good terms, which could settle the nerves of fans leading up to the crucial opener at Goodison Park against Everton. The players looked prepared, in-tune and sharp ahead of another enthralling Premier League season.