Mauricio Pochettino happy with Tottenham Hotspur’s display against Juventus and has ‘good feeling’ about Kieran Trippier’s injury
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Spurs boss reactions following 2-0 win over Juventus at Wembley and provides update on ankle injury suffered by England international
Mauricio Pochettino was more pleased to see Tottenham Hotspur perform well at Wembley against Juventus than anything else and insisted the initial feeling regarding Kieran Trippier’s injury is good.
The Argentine, speaking after watching Spurs defeat the Old Lady 2-0 thanks to Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen goals, tried to allay fears his first-choice right-back is set for a spell on the sidelines.
While Trippier’s ankle injury was a negative, a big plus point for Tottenham was their display at Wembley, which will be their home for the 2017/18 campaign.
“For me pre-season is like it was against Manchester City or Roma or PSG – it is not about the result, it is to find a good feeling and be ready to compete next week,” said Pochettino.
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“Of course you want to always win and today the result was important for us, but the most important thing was the feeling.
“We showed very good quality in our game and now the confidence is higher, so the good performance was more important than the result.”
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Kane looked sharp, while Eriksen and Dele Alli impressed and even Moussa Sissoko looked lively against Juventus.
Tottenham largely looked solid at the back too with Kyle Walker-Peters doing a decent enough job after replacing Trippier.
Trippier suffered two injury scares in the first half with the second one appearing to prove costly in the 40th minute.
The England international suffered a whack to his left knee early on following a collision with wide man Alex Sandro.
Around 40 minutes later Trippier clashed with the Juventus ace again and this time suffered an ankle issue, which saw him replaced and later spotted on crutches wearing a protective boot.
Pochettino added: “No I don’t regret not taking Kieran off after the first challenge because it was an accident. It was only a minor problem and then the second action was where he twisted his ankle.”
The Spurs boss reiterated several times how the club wouldn’t know anymore until Monday, but he hinted it may not be anything serious.
With Walker-Peter the only natural right-back in the first-team squad, Pochettino will hope Trippier’s problem isn’t major.
He said: “We need to assess him on Monday and then we’ll see. Now the feeling is good and we hope it is not a big issue.
“I cannot say or guess if he will play against Newcastle United (August 13). We need to wait until Monday and then we can give everyone the correct part of the situation and assess him then and we’ll see.”
The Spurs boss conceded the ex-Burnley right-back was worried at half time, but far more relaxed come the end of the game.
“Until we assess Kieran and do a scan then we need to wait. I know the feeling now is better than at half time, but still we need to wait and we cannot say anything today because we need to wait until Monday,” said Pochettino.
After an encouraging display against Juventus, all Tottenham fans will hope the news on Trippier is positive ahead of the Premier League opener at St James Park next Sunday.