Tottenham 1-1 Inter Milan (3-4 on pens): Spurs end pre-season with penalties defeat
Spurs fans given first look of Tanguy Ndombele at his new home ground
Last Updated: 04/08/19 8:37pm
Tottenham ended their pre-season campaign with a penalty shootout defeat to Inter Milan after a 1-1 draw in normal time.
Mauricio Pochettino's side were back at home after two International Champions Cup wins over Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, and started brightly with Lucas Moura firing them ahead (3).
However, Antonio Conte's Inter Milan always carried a threat and Stefano Sensi (36) drew them level after an electric move through the heart of the Tottenham defence.
The usual raft of pre-season second-half substitutions wrecked the flow as the game petered out to a penalty shootout where Christian Eriksen and Oliver Skipp both missed the decisive spot-kicks.
Tanguy Ndombele played 80 minutes in front of his new fans in preparation for Tottenham clash Aston Villa next Saturday, live on Sky Sports, although Dele Alli was missing with a hamstring issue and is a doubt for the season opener.
How Spurs were stifled
Erik Lamela sparked Spurs into a fast start with a classy dribble and pass to Moura, who took a touch before firing into the net.
Inter did not look to be carrying much threat until Marcelo Brozovic smacked a speculative effort that came back off the inside of the post before rolling to safety.
That gave the visitors a foothold and Sebastiano Esposito sent Sensi through one-on-one against Lloris and he did not waste his opportunity.
Toby Alderweireld and Christian Eriksen - whose futures are still up in the air - entered the fray at half-time but Spurs rarely found their best rhythm in midfield.
Heung-Min Son - also a second-half substitue - forced Samir Handanovic into a smart save, so penalties were needed.
Eriksen missed his second penalty in a week with a lazy effort - as did Skipp and former West Ham player Joao Mario scored the decisive final kick.
Poch: Levy in Miami
Pochettino has revealed Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is in Miami so hasn't had the chance to discuss the transfer situation at the club as we approach Deadline Day.
"No, he's in Miami and I didn't have the opportunity to talk to him," he said.
"I am happy with my squad. You can see today a lot of younger players. In every season we are always open to improve the squad and to try to find the right players to be stronger and better and there are still four days. We'll see what happens in the next few days."
July 21: Juventus 2-3 Tottenham
July 25: Tottenham 1-2 Manchester United
July 30: Real Madrid 0-1 Tottenham
August 4: Tottenham 1-1 Inter Milan (3-4 pens)