Rangers 1-2 Tottenham: Kane brace leads Spurs to preseason win at Ibrox

Tottenham Hotspur traveled to Glasgow today for a pre-season friendly against Rangers at the historic Ibrox Stadium and, despite a first-half goal, emerged 2-1 winners of the inaugural Walter Tull Memorial Cup. Harry Kane scored both of Tottenham’s goals, both in the second half and both with vigor. Son Heung-Min collected assists for both goals.

Walter Tull became the first mixed-race player to play football for both Tottenham and Rangers, and the trophy was presented to former Spurs and Rangers striker Jermain Defoe. This was the first opportunity to see Tottenham signings Ivan Perisic, Clement Lenglet, Yves Bissouma and Djed Spence.

Here are my reactions to a fun game of soccer!

reactions of the first half

  • The first part of the first half was noticeably more intense than previous friendlies. The Patterns™ in full glory.
  • The Rangers’ early goal was a defensive collapse that began with a Sanchez giveaway. The goal could have deflected Dier, difficult to see.
  • Spurs very dangerous up front, Deki had a few chances that he missed because it would have been a right-footed shot. The first time he fired with his favorite left side, it resulted in a good save from the keeper.
  • Royal noticeably weak on offense on the ball, we should get used to that by now, but somehow it’s still a thing.
  • Spurs ran some set plays and it was noticeable!

reactions of the second half

  • Curious that Conte had two true right-backs on the bench and opted instead to bring in Lucas Moura for Emerson Royal at half-time. hmmmm (And again, he was pretty good there!)
  • Harry Kane’s goals were incredible. For his first, he picked up the ball on the top left of the box, took a dribble and BANG, top corner. Not storable. what a strike We win the league.
  • Kane’s second goal was just as good. Vintage combo between Son and Kane firing home again. He looks in top form and we’re two weeks away from the start of the season.
  • Not really a Spurs watch but Rangers’ Tavernier looks like a real player. Some smart club should buy him.
  • This was our first real look at Yves Bissouma and it felt like he didn’t have much to do as Spurs directed most of their attacks through the wide areas. Play as standard DM with Hojbjerg advanced.
  • Similarly, but on the contrary, Pape Sarr seemed a bit timid on the pitch today, which is not necessarily a bad thing. He didn’t step out of his comfort zone, but he didn’t screw up either. I’m increasingly of the opinion that we should keep him, especially when it comes to Skippy’s health.
  • Djed Spence also made his debut. His first contribution was a good recovery tackle in Spurs’ box, but that undercuts being beaten by his man just before. Looked raw with some physical tools, about what we expected.
  • Was keen to see Lenglet in action as he will very likely face him southampton. Impressed by its long death but I couldn’t watch it well or long enough to form a final opinion. I noticed he got caught out of position a couple of times but had an important block and some decent tackles.
  • Ivan Perisic – wow. Impressed. Doesn’t move very fast but has excellent presentation and it’s obvious he’s already learned The Patterns™. Has given instructions to Sess and others on where and when to move. Also has some really cheeky moves and a sweet overhead kick attempt in front of goal.
  • Most engagement on Twitter has been an argument over whether or not ketchup is a) good and b) should be refrigerated. Post your spicy ketchup shots in the comments.

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