Real Madrid 0-1 Tottenham: 4 talking points
- Real Madrid continue their terrible pre-season run with another loss, this time to Mauricio Pochettino's Spurs.
#2 Tottenham are good to go in the striking department
Much of Tottenham’s progress in the last few years has been down to incredible teamwork and managerial acumen of Mauricio Pochettino. However, Harry Kane has also played a huge role in taking the Lily Whites to new heights.
His record in front of goal since becoming a regular has been immaculate, but if there was one problem the club had, it was a lack of backup option, as multiple strikers have failed to prove their mettle in the absence of Kane at White Hart Lane.
The 2018 World Cup Golden Boot winner kicked off his preseason with an exquisite goal from the halfway line against Juventus, and he continued his good run against Real Madrid, capitalizing on a defensive mix up to put his side ahead.
However this is to be expected and it is rather the performance of his young compatriot that would get heads turning.
Troy Parrott is a 17-year-old Tottenham trained academy graduate who turned heads with his displays for the youth sides and stepped up to the big time with a calmly taken goal against Juventus.
Against Real Madrid, he started from the bench, but proved a handful for the Los Blancos backline upon entering the fray for his senior colleague in the 66th minute and could have gotten his name on the score sheet only to see his angled low shot beat Hugo Loris but not the post in the 86th minute.
Harry Kane would, of course, remain Tottenham’s chief goal threat and talisman, but while it might be too early to place too much burden of Parrott, the early signs are definitely good.