Tottenham lose on penalties to Antonio Conte’s Inter Milan as Mauricio Pochettino confirms Dele Alli is out with hamstring injury

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Tottenham lost their final pre-season match after losing at home to Antonio Conte’s Inter Milan on penalties.

However, the defeat will be the last thing on Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino’s mind as he’ll be more concerned about a developing injury crisis in his squad ahead of the new season.

An injury crisis is developing at Spurs before a ball has been kicked in the 2019/20 season

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An injury crisis is developing at Spurs before a ball has been kicked in the 2019/20 season

Dele Alli missed the game with a hamstring injury – his third hamstring complaint since the World Cup last year –  and is now a doubt for the start of the Premier League season.

Pochettino said: “I don’t believe he’s going to be ready for the start of the season.

“It’s the same area. Yes, of course we are worried. He’s still so young. Just 23-years-old and many, many hamstring problems in the last few years.

“It’s to pay attention to what is going on in his body, but we are here to try to help him. Think (it is a) minor injury. Only a few weeks before he can be available again and be with the group.”

Alli has been ruled out of Spurs’ first match of the Premier League season

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Alli has been ruled out of Spurs’ first match of the Premier League season

There are also a number of other injury concerns ahead of Spurs’ first league match at home to Aston Villa on Saturday.

Ben Davies is recovering from groin surgery, while Serge Aurier has undergone an operation on a hand while Eric Dier has missed much of the pre-season programme after a medical procedure and Juan Foyth injured an ankle against Bayern Munich last week.

Foyth and Heung-min Son are both banned for the first two games of the season after picking up red cards against Bournemouth in May.

As for the game, Spurs got off to a great start when Lucas Moura fired them ahead after just 125 seconds.

Moura gave Spurs an early lead but it wasn’t enough to give them the win

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Moura gave Spurs an early lead but it wasn’t enough to give them the win

The Brazilian took a pass from Erik Lamela before slamming a powerful shot past Samir Handanovic at the near post.

Inter responded well and nearly got their equaliser when Marcelo Brozovic hit the post with a fierce strike from distance.

But they did get their leveller eight minutes from half-time when Ivan Perisic’s clever pass released Stefano Sensi, who rolled the ball past Hugo Lloris from close range.


Neither side could find the winner in the second-half so the game went to penalties.

Paulo Gazzaniga was equal to an effort from George Puscas but Handanovic saved spot-kicks from Christian Eriksen and Oliver Skipp to give the Italian side a 4-3 win in the shootout.





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