Andre pleased with progress
Andre Villas-Boas was impressed with the sharpness of the team in Tuesday night’s 1-1 friendly draw against LA Galaxy in Los Angeles.
Gareth Bale marked his return to action with the opener but the reigning MLS champions hit back and levelled during their best spell through David Junior Lopes.
We had the better chances though as Jermain Defoe was twice denied by Brian Perk in the first half and then rolled a one-on-one chance wide after the break.
Gylfi Sigurdsson missed the best chance of the second half, angling his effort just wide, as it stayed 1-1.
“It was very good for us as we continue preparations,” said Andre afterwards at the Home Depot Center.
“We haven’t stopped our training, and it’s been intensive training, so it was great to see a good, physical response.
“We look nice and sharp for a team that is only 15 days into the season. I think we have a lot of time to prepare, so it’s good to see them at this level.
“We created lots of chances in the second half and had more momentum in the game. That was good to see.
“We had opportunities to win the game, but building physically and as a team is what we’re looking for and in that sense I’m extremely pleased.”
Meanwhile, as we mentioned in our tour squad update story, Andre said he was hopeful that both Kyle Walker (ankle) and Rafa van der Vaart (groin) would recover in time to face New York Red Bulls next Tuesday, July 31, after departing the action against Galaxy.
He added: “Rafa had a small pain in the adductor during the week, we have to re-assess him, he shouldn’t be too serious, something to take him out for three or four days.
“Kyle has a slight twist of the ankle, nothing too serious hopefully. I think both should be available for the Red Bulls game.”
Next up it's Liverpool at Baltimore's impressive M&T Bank Stadium, home of NFL side the Ravens.
The squad landed in Baltimore from LA early Wednesday evening local time.