Spurs under 21’s win final game of tournament in France:

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Our under 21’s side won their final match of the Tournoi Europeen in Brittany earlier today after they defeated Belgian side Standard Liege in a penalty shoot out. Spurs took the lead on 22 minutes after defender Christian Maghoma converted from Anthony Georgiou’s free kick however, a mere four minutes later the Belgian Jupiler league side levelled after being awarded a spot kick after a Spurs player handled in the box. Neither side could grab a winner in the second half and with both sides being reduced to ten men, the match was to be decided by a sudden death penalty shoot out. Nathan Oduwa and Anthony Georgiou both converted their spot kicks whilst goalkeeper Harry Voss produced heroics in the Spurs goal, saving two penalties meaning our under 21’s were 2-0 winners, finishing the pre season tournament in seventh place.

Spurs (v Standard Liege): Voss, Muscatt (Mukena 54), Brown, Marsh, Maghoma, Owens (Loft 60+2), Georgiou, Stylianides, Oduwa, Tracey (Oteh 58), J Pritchard.

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Spurs under 21’s suffer double defeat in Tournoi Europeen:

Spurs under 21’s suffer double defeat in Tournoi Europeen:

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Our under 21 side played their first game of the day against Caen losing 1-0 to the Ligue 1 side, winger Nathan Oduwa won a penalty for Spurs however, forward Cy Goddard failed to convert from the spot as the game finished 1-0 to the French side. Our second game of the day came this evening as we faced ligue 2 side Stade Brestois 29 in a game which the French club ran out 2-0 winners after scoring two goals in just over ten minutes. After suffering three defeats in three matches our under 21’s side will be hoping to leave the tournament on a positive note as they face Standard Liege in their final match tomorrow at 10:40AM local time. Below is the team sheet for all three of our matches in the tournament so far. Also included is a more detailed report of today’s games that are featured on the Spurs website.

Friday, July 29
Spurs (v Stade Rennais): Voss, Muscatt, Brown, Stylianides (Owens 43), Maghoma, Ogilvie, J Pritchard (Tracey 25), Ward, Loft (Oteh 43), Goddard (Georgiou 25), Oduwa.
Saturday, July 30
Spurs (v SM Caen): Voss, Marsh (Brown 39), Ogilvie (Muscatt 25), Owens (Stylianides 33), Maghoma, Mukena, Tracey, J Pritchard (Goddard 39), Loft (Oteh 25), Oduwa, Georgiou.
Spurs (v Stade Brestois): McDermott, Muscatt, Brown, Marsh, Maghoma, Mukena (J Pritchard 35), Tracey, Goddard (Stylianides 39), Oteh, Oduwa, Georgiou.

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Spurs under 18’s win pre season tournament in Liverpool:

Spurs under 18’s win pre season tournament in Liverpool:

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Our under 18’s were crowned deserved winners of a pre season youth tournament in Liverpool earlier today, the young Lillywhites played their final game of the tournament against the Reds as they defeated them 2-1 courtesy of goals from striker Reo Griffiths and winger Keanan Bennett’s. Spurs topped the table as unbeaten winners with 31 points whilst Ipswich town finished in second place on 19 points. It’s yet another great triumph for our talented youth academy as the talented under 18’s look forward to an exciting season ahead. Interestingly young under 16 midfielder Paris Maghoma brother of Christian made the step up to under 18 level to participate in the tournament. COYS🏆⚽️

Spurs under 21’s lose on penalties in first game of Tournoi Europeen:

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Earlier today our under 21’s were involved in a one all draw with Stade Rennais in the annual Tournoi Europeen in France, Spurs gained a point for their efforts before being defeated on penalties to the French side. Talented Nigeria youth international Nathan Oduwa scored the goal for the Lillywhites, tomorrow Spurs play their final two group games of the tournament with the young Lillywhites facing SM Caen at 10:00 AM local time before facing Stade Brestois 29 at 18:30pm. Our under 18’s were also involved today as they defeated Ipswhich town 1-0 in a pre season tournament in Liverpool, I am unaware of who scored the goal for Spurs. The team sheet for today’s under 21 game is included in the photograph below.

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Spurs narrowly defeated by Atletico Madrid in Melbourne:

Spurs narrowly defeated by Atletico Madrid in Melbourne:

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Spurs played their final match of the international champions cup in Australia earlier today as they played out a closely fought match with Spanish club Atletico Madrid, with Mauricio Pochettino’s youthful side narrowly losing to the La Liga side. Regardless of the result many youngsters shined through out the match with both Anton Walkes and Cameron Carter-Vickers having excellent games in central defence, midfielder Harry Winks also impressed in the centre of the park. We had our fair share of chances with Lamela and Onomah amongst those who went desperately close to scoring. Meanwhile Atletico’s goalkeeper Jan Oblak made a string of fine saves to keep Pochettino’s side at bay, the winner for the Spanish side was scored 5 minutes before the interval after Uruguayan defender Diego Godin broke the deadlock. Godin’s goal came about after Gabi sent the ball into the area from a free kick, Gabi’s ball in skimmed off the head of Walkes before coming to Godin who converted from close range. Despite two losses from two matches the tournament has certainly been a success for Spurs, with so many youngsters getting vital senior game time in which will help their development at Spurs for the coming seasons. Furthermore, many of our senior players are also getting close to full match fitness.
Our final game of preseason comes next Friday in Oslo, Norway as we faces Italian side Inter Milan in the Norwegian capital. COYS⚽️
Spurs: Vorm (McGee 75); Trippier (Walker-Peters 60), Walkes, Carter-Vickers, Yedlin (Miller 60); Wanyama (Mason 46), Winks (Ball 75); Lamela (Son 46), Eriksen (c, Carroll 46), Onomah (Chadli 60); Janssen (Edwards 75). Substitutes (not used): Glover, Amos, Harrison.
Atletico Madrid: Oblak; Vrsaljko, GodĂ­n, Savic, Filipe Luis; Gabi, Partey (Diedhiou 75), Tiago (Henrique 58), Niguez; H Hernandez (Fernandez 58), Torres. Substitutes (not used): L Hernandez, Barragan, Santos Borre, Manquillo, T Hernandez, Velazquez, Mensah.
Goals: Atletico Madrid – Godin 40.

Young Spurs goalkeeper Charlie Freeman joins Newcastle United on youth loan:

Young Spurs goalkeeper Charlie Freeman joins Newcastle United on youth loan:

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16 year old highly rated Spurs goalkeeper Charlie Freeman has joined Newcastle United’s youth side on a youth loan for the super cup tournament (milk cup) in Northern Ireland. Freeman who is expected to be announced as a first year scholar for Spurs this season, has already started all three of Newcastle’s games in the prestigious youth tournament and has helped them to progress to the semifinals of the globe section of the tournament where they will meet Zambian side Lusaka tomorrow afternoon in the semifinal. Kristian Ross who has watched all three of the magpies games in the tournament had high praise for Freeman after some impressive performances for the toon army: “Seemed assured in goal vs County Fermanagh. Peppered yesterday against Right to Dream. But the lad is a very good shot stopper.”

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Spurs 1-2 Juventus: (match report)

Spurs 1-2 Juventus: (match report)

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Spurs played their first official pre season match of the season this morning, after they narrowly lost 2-1 to Italian champions Juventus in their first match of the international champions cup in Melbourne. A youthful side, Spurs found it hard to contain the Bianconeri in the opening minutes of the game and the Italian sides class showed after they took the lead in the fifth minute through striker Paulo Dybala. The goal came about after young defender Dominic Ball Lost possession near the half way line with Juventus capitalising on his error as they surged forward through Roberto Pereyra who played through Dybala who expertly slotted home from with in side the box. Dybala almost doubled Juventus lead shortly afterwards after the Argentine latched onto a loose ball before volleying at the Spurs net. However, Michel Vorm denied Dybala with a fine save to thwart the strikers effort. Juventus doubled their lead shortly after Dybala’s chance through defender Medhi Benatia who got on the end of a wonderful first time ball in to the box from Pjanic and the Moroccan expertly despatched his header which looped high over the head of Vorm and in to the back of the net. Spurs had a penalty shout on the half hour mark after youngster Will Miller surged in to the box before being brought down by Benatia, Miller was unfortunate not to have been awarded the penalty.

Juventus had the first real chance of the second half in the 53rd minute after the ball came to Miralem Pjanic in the box however, the Bosnian international lashed the ball high over the bar from close range. Soon afterwards a good chance came the Lillywhites way after Janssen played the ball in to Lamela whose shot from 20 yards out was deflected narrowly wide of the right post. However, it was the substitute Lamela who scored for Spurs in the 67th minute after sprinting into the area the Argentine received the ball at his feet and made no mistake as he expertly tucked the ball in to the bottom right hand corner of the net. The goal had a lot to do with Wanyama’s great reading of the game after the Kenyan expertly won the ball in the middle of the park which in doing so helped create the attack. Star man Lamela almost grabbed an equaliser with less than ten minutes remaining of the game, after Shayon Harrison passed to him in the box, Lamela hit a powerful shot straight at Neto who thwarted the ball away from danger. It was almost a dramatic ending to the game for Spurs as deep in stoppage time younger Shayon Harrison went desperately close to taking the game to penalties after Lamela danced his way through the Juventus defence before playing in the young striker whose low range shot was saved well from the cat like reflexes of Neto who got down to deny Harrison a goal on his senior debut.

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The final score was 2-1 to the Italian champions and although it was a pre season friendly the lads should be proud of their performance as an extremely young Spurs side were narrowly denied a draw against top class opposition. The exceptionally talented 17 year old Marcus Edwards was highly impressive when he was introduced in the second half as too were the other youngsters that played with Harrison, Miller and Amos having a fine game. Wanyama was excellent with in the midfield as he provided great steel to Spurs’s game however, my man of the match has got to be Erik Lamela whose impact on the second half was top class, with Lamela scoring as well as being an extremely potent forward throughout the second half, the winger looks in great form ahead of next season. Up next for Pochettino’s side is our final game of the international champions cup which is against Spanish side Atletico Madrid on Friday at 11:00am, i shall provide a preview for that match in the coming days. COYS⚽️

Juventus: Neto; Lirola, Benatia (Marrone 46), Rugani (Moreno 79), Alex Sandro (Coccolo 79); Lemina (Macek 79), Hernanes (Severin 79), Asamoah (Vitale 66); Pjanic (Parodi 66), Pereyra (Cerri 46); Dybala (Rosseti 79). Substitutes (not used): Audero, Del Favero, Loria, Blanco, Kastanos, Padovan.
Spurs: Vorm; Trippier (Walkes 63), Ball (Amos 79), Carter-Vickers, Miller (Yedlin 46); Mason (c, Winks 46), Wanyama; Son (Lamela 46), Carroll (Edwards 63), Chadli (Onomah 46); Janssen (Harrison 63). Substitutes (not used): McGee, Glover, Walker-Peters.
Goals: Juventus – Dybala 6, Benatia 14. Spurs – Lamela 67.
Yellow card: Juventus – Lirola 88.

Spurs v Juventus: (match preview)

Spurs v Juventus: (match preview)

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Venue: Melbourne cricket ground
Date Tuesday 27th July 2016 11:00 AM
Live coverage: Sky Sports 1
Head2Heads: N/A
Referee: Ben Williams

This Tuesday Mauricio Pochettino’s side will play their first official pre season match of the season as they face Italian champions Juventus in the first of two games in the international champions cup in Melbourne, with the other match being against Spanish side Atletico Madrid. Tuesday’s match will provide the youngsters that Pochettino has selected with vital experience against top class opposition, whilst senior squad members will use it as a great test to help get them ready for the start of the season which is just 19 days away. However, the Juventus side in which the Lillywhites will face on Tuesday is not their full strength side with notable players like Paul Pogba and Giorgio Chiellini still off after competing at the Euros over the summer, it will however be a stern test and a great experience for Spurs. Christian Eriksen is a doubt through illness and the Danish international missed today’s training session. I will be eager to see the exceptionally talented youngster Marcus Edwards likely to make first team debut on Tuesday and I believe the forward could make a real impact against the Italians. Another youngster is Shayon Harrison who will be hoping to play up front against Juventus. The striker was a star for the under 21’s last season and is another player I’m excited to see tomorrow. New signings Vincent Janssen and Victor Wanyama will likely play tomorrow with both being eager to impress at their new club. What ever the result tomorrow it doesn’t matter as it will just be a joy to see Spurs in action again. COYS⚽️

One to watch: Juventus extremely talented and skilful Argentine striker, Paulo Dybala who was a prolific scorer in Serie A last season.

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My prediction: 2-1 to Spurs with goals from Erik Lamela and Marcus Edwards.

Squad:
Luke Amos
Dominic Ball
Tom Carroll
Cameron Carter-Vickers
Nacer Chadli
Marcus Edwards
Christian Eriksen
Tom Glover
Shayon Harrison
Vincent Janssen
Erik Lamela
Ryan Mason
Luke McGee
Will Miller
Josh Onomah
Heung-Min Son
Kieran Trippier
Michel Vorm
Kyle Walker-Peters
Anton Walkes
Victor Wanyama
Kevin Wimmer
Harry Winks
DeAndre Yedlin

Spurs under 21’s draw 1-1 to Yeovil in training game at Hotspur way, whilst Spurs under 18’s defeat QPR 3-0:

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Earlier today Spurs under 21’s were involved in a 1-1 draw with league two side Yeovil town at Hotspur way. The youngsters done well to draw with the Glovers senior side and taking into consideration the Lillywhites were 1-0 down it was a well fought battle, with Ryan Loft securing the draw after being played in by Shilow Tracey on the right hand side Loft hammered home. In addition our under 18’s were involved in a 3-0 victory over QPR in a behind closed doors friendly on Friday. The under 18’s side which included a host of first year scholars took the lead after forward Reo Griffiths slotted home from within the inside of the box on 16 minutes. Winger Keanan Bennetts doubled our lead shortly after the beginning of the second half after he headed home from the resulting cross delivered by Tariq Hinds, and the young Lillywhites got their third of the game 20 minutes in to the second half through striker Aramide Oteh after Jon Dinzeyi played the ball upfield for Bennetts whose resulting effort was blocked,  Oteh slotted home from close range.

Spurs beat Rotherham United 3-1 in behind closed doors friendly at Hotspur way:

Spurs beat Rotherham United  3-1 in behind closed doors friendly at Hotspur way:

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This afternoon a spurs side which included both senior and development squad players defeated Rotherham United 3-1, in a behind closed doors friendly at Hotspur way. However, it was the millers that took the lead courtesy of a Danny Miller goal on 17 minutes, after an intelligent finish. Pochettino’s side pulled level on the 59th minute courtesy of Vincent Janssen’s first goal for the lillywhites. Janssen got on the end of Trippier’s low cross before smartly slotting home. Our talented young forward Shayon Harrison put spurs ahead on the 82nd minute after the youngster converted from close range after a good run by spurs starlet Marcus Edwards on the right wing helped create the goal. It was Edwards who confirmed our victory three minutes from time after the youngster done well to win back the ball on the byline, Edwards turned away from the nearest defender, before firing the ball high in to the net from an acute angle. It was an impressive victory for spurs with many of the youngsters impressing throughout, the players that I am aware played are as follows: Tom Glover, Kieran Trippier, Victor Wanyama, Ryan Mason, Nacer Chadli, Marcus Edwards, Shayon Harrison and Vincent Janssen. Up next for Spurs are Juventus in the international champions cup next Tuesday in Australia, some of the youngsters that played today are expected to travel.

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