MLS All-Stars 2-1 Spurs - Mauricio's verdict
30 July 2015|Tottenham Hotspur
Mauricio Pochettino took plenty of positives despite a narrow defeat against the MLS All-Stars.
Pre-season stepped up a gear in the heat and altitude of Colorado and an ideal test against the likes of Kaka, David Villa and Clint Dempsey at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in the early hours of Thursday morning.
Kaka and Villa won the game for the MLS with two goals in the space of three minutes in the first half while we were left with a sense of what might have been after dominating proceedings for long periods.
Harry Kane stepped out for his first pre-season action and picked up where he left off last term, firing home a 25-yard beauty to reduce the deficit before the break.
But Harry was denied by the star of the first half, home goalkeeper Nick Rimando, who produced three point-blank saves to thwart the striker.
As expected, there were plenty of changes from both teams in the second half but we continued to create chances as Nacer Chadli, Josh Onomah and Shaq Coulthirst all went close.
In the end though, the MLS scraped home to win their showcase event.
"We showed a good reaction after going 2-0 down, scored to make it 2-1 and created chances but only scored one goal," reflected Mauricio ahead of the flight back to London.
"It was a difficult game, tough and the players felt it a little in the altitude, but in the end there were lots of positives - and a lot of things that we need to improve as well."
Below: Josh Onomah denied by David Ousted in the second half
Youngsters Josh, Shaq, Harry Winks, Dele Alli and Luke McGee all played a part in the second half and Mauricio was pleased with their contribution.
"It’s a great experience for the young players and again, there are a lot of positive things to take from that," he added. "It’s important for them to be involved in the first team because I think they are the future of the club."
Next up for the team is the prestigious Audi Cup in Munich next week. We take on Real Madrid at the Allianz Arena on Tuesday (August 4) before facing either Bayern Munich or AC Milan on the Wednesday.