It was pleasing to see Tottenham hammering SPL Champions Celtic by six goals to one in Helsinki on Saturday but in the wake of that game, the Scottish side have been widely criticised for fielding a weakened XI.
“We are very disappointed about the team Celtic brought over,” one of the promoters told the Daily Mail.
“It was disrespectful to the opponent, to Finnish football fans and to the organisers to field such a squad.
“You could tell when you saw the Celtic team that the match would end like this. So we are extremely disappointed.”
Despite that, there were surely some encouraging signs from a Tottenham perspective and the two stand out players from pre-season seem to be Lewis Holtby and Erik Lamela. Both men found the net again while Christian Eriksen delivered a trade mark free kick and it was good to see Emmanuel Adebayor back on the pitch after his recent bout of Malaria.
Pre-season is pre-season but there are good things about this campaign and in particular, this period may just have saved the Tottenham careers of Holtby and Lamela.