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Mauricio Pochettino hails Tottenham Hotspur's Academy after successful USA tour

09 August 2018

Comments made by Bale following his two-goal display in May's Champions League final led to suggestions the former Spurs star could seek a summer exit from Real Madrid, where he has scored 88 goals in 189 appearances.

"At the end I think 2-2 was a fair result".

Pochettino's men finished their overseas tour with another win and with positives to take after the displays of the younger members of their squad.

"Last season I told you some numbers, but this season we don't know".

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"Football is about energy, about desire, about respect for yourself and your team-mates, being professional".

Tottenham put him in against Barcelona in pre-season alongside fellow youngster Luke Amos and the pair held their own, in a game which ended a 2-2 draw. He played three games (on tour) and maybe he doesn't have experience of the Premier League but he showed in the three games that this is not a problem.

Nine Spurs players reached the semifinals in Russian Federation, while captain Hugo Lloris went on to lift the trophy with France. I am more than courageous'.

Christian Eriksen was pleased to see Spurs fight back from two goals down to draw with Barcelona in the International Champions Cup last weekend, but warned they can't afford to start the Premier League season so slowly.

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Eric Dier and Mousa Dembele are yet to join the camp and Harry Winks and Josh Onomah are injured too. It's clear that today I don't know if the rest of the teams are happy with that decision. 'Of course it's not our fault.

Pochettino said he wanted to see his players "keep going" after the World Cup and to "feel the internal motivation".

Pochettino, who will head back to London this morning also saluted his youngsters' actions away from the field of play. They behaved really well, performed fantastic.

"A lot of them have trained with us a few times, like Luke Amos and Anthony Georgiou". We're calm but they showed they have the potential to be consistent in first team'.

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"Levy time" and "getting Levy'd" are well-known and affectionate phrases in the Tottenham vernacular, and when the club's supporters enter their new home for the first time in September they will surely be full of praise for their chairman's efforts.

Mauricio Pochettino hails Tottenham Hotspur's Academy after successful USA tour