Academy Manager John was delighted with the maturity shown by the players in the hot climes of Florida on Wednesday as they saw off Mexican side Queretaro 3-0.
Goals from Nathan Oduwa, Roman Michael-Percil and Emmanuel Sonupe got the job done – but it’s a quick turnaround for the lads as they face Baltimore Celtic this afternoon (Thursday) at 5pm UK time.
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“We played really well,” enthused John after Wednesday’s tournament opener. “We’ve had a number of challenges over here and the heat is one of them. It’s very, very hot but we enjoyed our first 90 minute game against what I thought was an excellent Mexican side which played in a way that we would never come across back in England.
“I was extremely pleased with the quality of our performance and maturity. Often if we play against South American opposition English sides can be naive but I thought we were very savvy.”
Oduwa opened the scoring on 12 minutes after great work by Michael-Percil, who then went through on goal, rounded the goalkeeper and made it 2-0 in the 25th minute.
We had some good chances, before Oduwa burst forward and cut back for Sonupe to scoop home our third in the third minute of stoppage time.
“We should have finished and got the third goal much earlier,” John added. “Josh Onomah was excellent as was Nathan Oduwa so they merit special praise. I think 3-0 was a fair result.”
John confirmed that squad rotation will come into play this week, with the lads due to take on USA Under-17s on Friday (10.30pm UK time) after today’s test against Baltimore Celtic. We also face Cruzeiro on Sunday (1pm UK time).
“We’ve picked three teams – a team for Wednesday, a team for Thursday and a team to play against the US national side on Friday,” John explained. “Thankfully we’ve had no injuries in the first game but we’ll definitely shake it up.”
Spurs (v Queretaro): McGee, Walker-Peters, Carter-Vickers, A McQueen, Ogilvie (Vincent-Young 81), Lesniak (Walkes 77), Onomah (Amos 86), Winks (Miller 52), Michael-Percil (Sonupe 68), Oduwa, Harrison (Akindayini 60).
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