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Three things learnt from Tottenham impressive 2-0 pre-season victory over Juventus

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Tottenham may have struggled to sell out Wembley on Saturday as they hosted Italian giants Juventus, but those at Wembley were in for a spectacle as Mauricio Pochettino’s men comfortably saw off their opposition.

Harry Kane opened the scoring after just ten minutes when he headed past Gianluigi Buffon from a pinpoint Kieran Trippier cross. Christian Eriksen added a second as Spurs’ pressing game worked well with Eriksen and Alli then teaming up to slice the Italian defence in two before the Dane rounded Buffon to slot home.

Here is what The Boot Room learnt from the game…

Moussa Sissoko could have a revival

Sissoko has been expected to leave this summer after a disappointing first season after joining Spurs for £30 million last summer. However, in his hour long opportunity at Wembley he stood out as one of the stars of the show. Creative and energetic, he was almost unrecognisable.

If Sissoko is to revive his career in north London, he will really have to produce that kind of form on a regular basis. It is the first sign of the player that Mauricio Pochettino thought he was getting this time last year.

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Forget the performance and result, the most important event was Kieran Trippier’s injury

Trippier, expected to be Kyle Walker’s replacement at right back, has been one of the best performers throughout pre-season and has shown that he has got what it takes to replace the £50 million departure. However, at Wembley he pulled up with an injury, being forced off and even seen on crutches after the game.

Without Trippier, Pochettino may be forced to turn to youngsters like Kyle Walker-Peters to fill the gap. That is a blow with Danny Rose also unavailable, and Spurs could be down to the bare bones of their squad before the season has even begun.

Spurs can mix it in Europe

For years, Tottenham have failed to produce the goods at the elite stage. Whilst this may have been just a pre-season friendly, it was a complete performance from the Lilywhites against a side who made the Champions League final last season and were imperious in their Serie A success.

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If Tottenham can perform like this against other top European sides, they could see themselves become contenders in Europe after all. Importantly, they also banished the supposed Wembley curse with a great display.

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Juventus · Match Reaction · Tottenham Hotspur

Sam is a Southend United fan and student based in the South-West. He has previously worked for various publications, including FourFourTwo magazine and ITV. Sam also has an extensive knowledge of Spanish football and has previously lived and worked in Spain. Find Sam on Twitter at @samleveridge.

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