Harry Kane nets in Tottenham Hotspur friendly win, but Kieran Trippier hobbles off ahead of Premier League opener at Newcastle United
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Pre-season friendly: Tottenham Hotspur 2 Juventus 0
Tottenham Hotspur concluded their pre-season campaign with an encouraging 2-0 win over Serie A champions Juventus at Wembley Stadium, but were given a scare when Kieran Trippier limped off injured.
Goals at the start of either half from Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen handed Spurs a deserved victory at their temporary home for the upcoming campaign.
But it was the withdrawal of Trippier before the break due to a leg issue which will concern boss Mauricio Pochettino.
With Spurs travelling to Newcastle United for their Premier League opener in eight days time, the last thing they needed was an injury problem at right-back.
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Pochettino picked virtually the strongest side available to him, although sprung a surprise with the inclusion of Moussa Sissoko.
The French international has been heavily linked with a move away from the club this summer, but played from the off against the Old Lady.
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Other than Sissoko, the rest of the starting XI picked itself, though Tottenham’s lack of experience on the bench was telling.
With Danny Rose, Victor Wanyama, Erik Lamela and Heung-min Son still out injured, Spurs had several teenagers in the match day squad.
Juventus fielded a strong team with eight of the starting XI the same side which lost 4-1 to Real Madrid in the Champions League final.
Dani Alves and Leonardo Bonucci had moved on, but Massimilano Allegri included Gonzalo Higuain, Paulo Dybala and Alex Sandro from the off.
Therefore Pochettino would have hoped to see his team given a real test at Wembley, but after five minutes he was given a scare.
Trippier was caught late by Sandro and appeared to be in real pain, but fortunately was able to carry on.
Five minutes later and the Spurs manager was smiling after watching his team score the opener following a fine move.
Jan Vertonghen brought the ball out from the back well before finding Ben Davies on the left, and he cut inside his marker.
Davies found Kane, who played into Sissoko’s path and Trippier’s over-lapping run was found on the right.
Trippier took his time before chipping into the area when the unmarked Kane headed against the ground and into the top corner.
It was a fantastic start for Spurs and Christian Eriksen tried his luck moments later, but Gianluigi Buffon was equal to it.
Juventus did slowly work their way back into the contest with a flurry of corners in the 20th minute causing Tottenham some concern.
Two Miralem Pjanic deliveries found Sami Khedira on both occasions, but the German failed to hit the target with either.
The Italians were threatening again less than 60 seconds later when Gonzalo Higuian flicked into Paulo Dybala’s path, but Spurs cleared for another corner.
Higuian was picked out by Pjanic at the back post from the resulting set-piece and forced Hugo Lloris into a decent near post save.
Juventus had a let-off just past the half an hour mark when Kane nearly took the ball off Buffon’s toes.
Moments after that scare and Eriksen picked out the England international, but he failed to get a clean connection and his fine chance went.
Spurs went even closer to a second in the 34th minute when Dele Alli played in Sissoko and he cut inside before curling against the post.
The ex-Newcastle United winger appeared to do everything right and was able to celebrate until the woodwork denied him.
Even though it was only a friendly, Tottenham had looked comfortable in an arena they’ll call home this season.
They broke forward again in the 40th minute with Alli releasing Trippier down the right, but Sandro caught the knee of the Spurs defender again and it forced him off.
Kyle Walker-Peters came on in his place, yet the last thing Pochettino would have wanted before the season starts is an injury scare at right-back.
Allegri made four changes at half time with Stephan Lichtsteiner, Sandro, Pjanic and Mario Mandzukic making way.
Mattia De Sciglio, Kwadwo Asamoah, Claudio Marchisio and Juan Cuadrado all came on in their place.
Spurs began the second period brightly with Walker-Peters twice getting forward well on the right side.
Tottenham scored after 10 minutes of the first half and it didn’t take them long to find the net again in the second half.
With 52 minutes on the clock, Alli brilliantly spun away from his marker and played Eriksen in and the Dane coolly rounded Buffon before tapping into the net.
It was another wonderful move and all the more impressive against the usual rock solid Italians, even if it is only a friendly.
Three minutes later and Spurs produced more silky play when Eriksen and Kane linked up brilliantly.
Kane bamboozled Giorgio Chiellini and Daniele Rugani before being denied a second by the crossbar.
Juventus reminded Spurs of their threat soon after when Douglas Costa fizzed a ball into the area and Dybala touched wide.
The Old Lady went close again just before the hour mark when Dybala cut inside and forced Lloris into a full-stretch save.
Another three changes were made by the Italians after with Rugani, Chiellini and Douglas Costa making way for Andrea Barzagli, Medhi Benatia and Federico Bernardeschi.
Spurs made more substitutions in the 65th minute with Alli and Sissoko coming off to warm applause at Wembley.
Harry Winks and fellow youngster Anthony Georgiou were both handed another chance to impress with Georgiou enjoying an encouraging tour of America.
The pace of the match had certainly slowed with Juventus ringing the changes and they were understandably looking fresher than Spurs as the game approaching the closing stages.
There was still time for Vincent Janssen to be given an opportunity from the bench, as he replaced Kane with 11 minutes left.
Straight after the substitution, Eric Dier lost out on the left to Dybala and he crossed in for Moise Kean, but the forward smashed his effort against the crossbar.
Former Chelsea winger Cuadrado nearly pulled a goal back with five minutes left, yet Lloris pulled off a stunning finger-tip stop to deny him.
Pochettino introduced Tashan Oakley-Boothe and Kevin Wimmer for the final few minutes at Wembley before the full time whistle was blown by Martin Atkinson.
It brought an entertaining pre-season friendly to an end, which produced plenty of positives for Tottenham.
But the major negative for Pochettino was the injury to Trippier, which he will be hoping is nothing serious.
Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris; Trippier (Walker-Peters 41), Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies; Dier, Dembele (Wimmer 90); Sissoko (Georgiou 65), Eriksen (Oakley-Boothe 90), Alli (Winks 65); Kane (Janssen 79).
Unused substitutes: Vorm, Whiteman, Carter-Vickers, Miller, Dinzeyi.
Juventus: Buffon (Pinsoglio 75); Lichtsteiner (De Sciglio 46), Rugani (Barzagli 61), Chiellini (Benatia 61), Alex Sandro (Asamoah 46); Khedira (Colman 75), Pjanic (Marchisio 46); Douglas Costa (Bernardeschi 61), Dybala, Mandzukic (Cuadrado 46); Higuain (Kean 75).
Unused substitutes: Pinsoglio, Del Favero, Lemina, Rincon Hernandez, Bentancur.