Sanchez helps young Tottenham team keep it clean to see off AC Milan
PUBLISHED: 10:00 01 August 2018
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International Champions Cup: Tottenham Hotspur 1 AC Milan 0
Spurs ended their tour of the United States with a 1-0 victory over AC Milan in the International Champions Cup on a night where they showed the future could be very bright with the youngsters at the club.
Mauricio Pochettino played an inexperienced team and saw the likes of Luke Amos and Oliver Skipp impress again while he also gave 90 minutes to Davinson Sanchez.
Georges-Kevin Nkoudou scored the only goal of the game early into the second half to ensure Tottenham Hotspur signed off from Minneapolis with a win.
Pochettino kept most of the club’s first-teamers on the bench with Serge Aurier, Ben Davies, Heung-min Son and Christian Eriksen among the substitutes.
The Argentinean did give opportunities to Kyle Walker-Peters, Nkoudou, Lucas Moura and Fernando Llorente while the experienced Michel Vorm was in goal.
In the Spurs starting XI were various youngsters and one of them, Amos, went close in the 26th minute when he slide in on Milan goalkeeper Pepe Reina, but his block flew just wide.
Vorm was then called into action almost immediately after and had to save a header from Patrick Cutrone.
It remained goalless at the break with Tottenham youngsters Anthony Georgiou and TJ Eyoma looking assured in defence and a midfield three of Amos, Skipp and George Marsh excelling in the middle of the park.
Paulo Gazzaniga came on for Vorm at half time and it didn’t take him long to be able to celebrate a goal.
A loose pass in the Milan defence saw Nkoudou get on the ball, and he raced into the area, worked a yard of space and rifled into the roof of the net with 47 played.
It was a fantastic strike and gave Spurs a deserved lead and Gazzaniga had to be at his best to preserve it when he denied Hakan Calhanoglu’s fierce strike.
The second half was disrupted due to substitutions with Son and Eriksen replacing Llorente and Moura and Davies and Aurier coming on for Georgiou and Marsh.
Sanchez made way for Cameron Carter-Vickers in stoppage time, but despite the changes Milan couldn’t find a way past the Spurs defence.
Pochettino’s men finished their overseas tour with another win and with positives to take after the displays of the younger members of their squad.
Tottenham Hotspur: Vorm © (Gazzaniga 46); Walker-Peters, Eyoma, Sanchez (Carter-Vickers 90), Georgiou (Davies 77); Amos, Skipp, Marsh (Aurier 77); Nkoudou, Lucas (Eriksen 63), Llorente (Son 63).
Unused substitutes: Whiteman.