The Future is bright.
The JimmyG2 Column.
.I couldn't be any prouder of our boys out in Australia if they'd won them both and with a bit of luck they might have done. The youngsters in the squad put some of their elders to shame in the process.
'Our Boys' is appropriate in the chronological sense too with newcomers Janssen only 22 and Wanyama (25) even though they both look older.
Admittedly Juventus in the first game took their foot off the pedal after 20 minutes when they went 2-0 up due to some slack passing and a poor tacklling by Ball
They will learn from this that mistakes are punished at this level and it's a good lesson to learn early in their senior careers.What's the point of taking them to the other side of the world if they learn nothing.
We steadied and played more quickly and positively after that and Juventus nearly fell off the bike in the second half and we should have equalised. Lamela was a class above, scored a good goal and should have had another.
Wanyama was calm and looked after the lads, showing for the ball constantly. I am revising my original opinion of him as his passing was good. This is the blog that is not always wrong, and not always right either.
I think he can do a good job alongside Dier initially with Demeble's enforced absence for the first four games. Silly boy. We may not miss Moussa quite as much as we feared.
Now Australia is a long way to go, and just as far to come back. Which means we top the league for pre-season mileage at over 20.00 miles. Chelsea are well behind us in 2nd.at a mere 14.000 miles.
Usually such trips are mere football folly, flag waving, brand building and the like. But Mauricio has used this trip well to have a look at the new signings, the next batch of youngsters and to 'rest' most of the first team squad.
Good opponents too and several youngsters showed well over the two games. Miller and Yedlin at full back< Carte Vickers after a shaky ten minutes against Atleti, and Walks. Janssen in the same game got more service and combined much better.
Onomah looked decent but needs to recover more quickly. Edwards, featured in the previous blog, didn't do too much to justify his superstar status but clearly needs more time.
Harry Winks certainly looked ready and played with energy and head up positivity and should make the squad for the new season. The supply line continues. Eriksen needs minutes after illness but played too tight.
Against Atleti Oblak and the woodwork denied us at least four goals and their winning goal was offside. Godin should have been flagged the moment the free kick was taken.
Mason played well and only a brilliant reflex save from Oblak prevented him scoring Onomah, and Lamela both hit the woodwork with the keeper beaten. Eriksen and Janssen both had shots well saved..
A better performance all round against an experienced Atleti squad with 8 of their CL. players in the squad. Deserved kind words from Simeoni and Poch well pleased with his squad and the trip
We lost both games which is always a good sign pre-season. Remember that wonderful pre-season under Ramos followed by the two from eight disaster before the arrival of Harry Redknapp.
With two promising signings in crucial positions and some youngsters stepping up I'm putting my shades on already. Superstars on silly money? Who needs 'em?
There are reports surfacing of Marcus Edwards signing a two year deal after months of wrangling which is good news all round. Only 17 so expect him to go out on loan. A more suitable one than Pritchard at W.Brom hopefully.
Spurs might be happy to stick with what they've got although at the current count we are linked with a couple of dozen names from Europe and several departing. We'll see.
The next game in Oslo against Inter on Friday (KO 4pm on ITV4) with the first team squad involved will tell us more about the season to come. But whatever happens my pride is well founded and I hope it doesn't cometh before a fall.
Jimmy's Video Spot
Don't just take my word for it here are the highlights of the Atleti game. Janssen and Lamela combining well. Plenty of young heads up