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Big test

Posted on 11 April 2009  - 12:00

Our Academy take on Barcelona in the semi-finals of the Torneo Internazionale in Bellinzona, Switzerland, on Sunday.

Big test

Our Academy take on Barcelona in the semi-finals of the Torneo Internazionale in Bellinzona, Switzerland, on Sunday.

The lads guaranteed qualification into the last four by winning their first two group matches on Thursday and Friday and eventually finished second after losing 1-0 against Dinamo Bucharest on Saturday.

That means they face Group Two winners Barcelona.

"We've been in tournaments with Barcelona but always seem to miss playing each other," said coach Alex Inglethorpe.

"It will be a great test for us up against one of the best Academy set-ups in world football."

Alex was disappointed to lose the final group stage match against Dinamo Bucharest on Saturday and described it as a 'wake-up call'.

The only goal of the game came just before half-time. "Conditions weren't great but I felt we could have adapted better," said Alex.

"We didn't create much, we huffed and puffed but there weren't a lot of chances. It was a scrappy game and a scrappy performance.

"I was disappointed because although we'd already qualified, we wanted to win all three matches.

"The plus points were the performance of Mirko Ranieri in goal, he made three or four tremendous saves and the fact that we managed to utilise a lot of the squad in this game. We've a very young squad and that was important."

Spurs: Ranieri, Nicholson, Cox (Smith, 31), Ekim, Caulker (Kane, 31), Durojaiye, O'Neill, Carroll, Mason (Oyenuga, 31), Waller-Lassen, Parrett (Kasim, 31).