Friendly; Spurs 1 Birmingham City 0
Within the dying minutes, Steven Bergwijn secured a third win for us in this pre-season game. A win also in as many days with a 1-0 victory over Birmingham City.
The first half wasn’t a pleasing sight as Spurs struggled to get through—Birmingham were happy to sit and defend. After beating the Royals 4-1, 24 hours earlier, our coach made many changes for the Birmingham game. Joe Hart was handed the goalkeeper’s jersey, with Dier captaining a side of mostly kids still in their Spurs training nappies.
After the game, Jose Mourinho spoke to Spurs TV. He was pleased by the way the youngsters handled themselves, along with more senior players, persevering right to the final whistle. Of course, some may have forgiven them if they had eased off, but no, the new Mourinho outlook-boys have been taught to stick with it right to the end, and it paid off. All in good stead for the beginning of the season. Next week we play Watford away (no TV)… so none of us will be voyeurs for that match.
We have now scored eight and conceded just a penalty in our three pre-season tryouts to date. Mourinho must be feeling happy and looking forward to the start of the new season.
The mixture of experience and youthful enthusiasm that was on display over the last three games, I am sure, Mourinho will take a lot of positiveness from it and feel content with the up and coming season ahead of him. I also have no doubt that there will be a few more players coming in and maybe one or two go.
As for Birmingham, they tried to hold out for a draw and conducted themselves well.
I am surprised that Kane didn’t get a look in, but in the end, we won, and that is what counts, oh, and the youngsters showed their mettle.
So there you have it. A bit of a mixture; boring, from the point of the viewer, but well worth it from Mourinho’s standpoint.