Spurs Claim Audi Cup in Penalty Shootout Win
Who says the Tottenham Hotspur trophy cabinet is bare? Spurs will be returning home from Germany today with the Audi Cup on board and while those pre-season friendlies will ultimately amount to nothing, victory over German giants Bayern Munich should give the playing staff a boost ahead of the new campaign.
The win, secured 6-5 on penalties after a 2-2 draw in normal time, followed a 1-0 victory over Real Madrid in Tuesday’s semi final and there are a host of positives that can be taken from both matches.
Tottenham had held a 2-0 lead in this match after Erik Lamela and Christian Eriksen had put their side ahead just before the hour mark. Bayern responded however and goals from Jann-Fiete Arp and Alphonso Davies meant that the teams were level at the end of 90 minutes.
A 6-5 outcome in the shootout saw the silverware head the way of Mauricio Pochettino and his Spurs side and afterwards, the manager was quick to draw many positives from the victory.
Speaking to Football.London, Mauricio said:
Yes I am pleased with the performance against Real Madrid and today against Bayern Munich.
It was very important to finish in a very good way in this tournament. I think we should be very happy with the performance of the first team and the squad to win this tournament. It’s always better to win than lose and that is why I am happy and there’s lots of positive things we can take from these two games.
It’s not been easy for us after losing the Champions League final. When something like that happens it’s hard to get on your feet. But we are all sportsmen and we all like to compete so it’s up to us to find the motivation. I’m very happy.
As he did with the Real Madrid game, Pochettino made wholesale changes at half time in Wednesday’s final. Many youngsters and fringe players were given a run out with men such as Japhet Tanganga and Georges-Kevin Nkoudou given a chance to impress.
If fact, it was Nkoudou who provided the game’s brightest moment with a brilliant assist to set up Lamela for the first goal. The winger’s performance set off some interesting comments on social media with regard to a potential role next season but there was one sour note at the end of the game.
Defender Juan Foyth limped off through injury and there is no word on his progression at this stage. With the new season just over a week away, Spurs currently only have one fit right back following the departure of Kieran Trippier to Atletico Madrid.
Developments on the Foyth situation will naturally follow over the course of the next few days but it now seems almost certain that Kyle Walker-Peters will start the 2019/20 campaign on the right side of defence.
That’s for the future but for now, the Audi Cup is in the bag to round off what has been a solid pre-season against some top class European sides.