Another weekend of frieindly games – and there were some interesting results knocking around too – could they provide some important signals?
Let’s start with the positive.
Spurs 2 – Inter Milan 1 – a very good result for Spurs – their 7th friendly win in a row – even if it was still an “Inter B” side with many world cup stars out, and it was Finnish midfielder Teemu Tainio that got both goals for Spurs.
Valencia 3 – Charlton 1 – Charlton were well beaten at the Mestalla and ex-Liverpool man Morientes enjoyed his debut for Valencia grabbing a goal.
Then some shocks :
Preston 2 – Man United 1 – Yes it was a lightweight United side, but they’ve continued on their lacklustre form in South Africa. Kieran Richardson and Liam Miller were both playing – they don’t look like being United’s future. The one bit of good news for Red Devil fans was that Ole Gunnar Solksjaer got the goal.
Newcastle 2 – PSV Eindhoven 3 – And this one didn’t look close for a long while as PSV strolled into a 3-0 lead shortly after halftime. Damien Duff played for Newcastle and looked … well .. average. Newcastle pulled back two goals after he went off.
Liverpool 2 – Kaiserslautern 3 – ‘Slautern are now in Germany’s second division – but this result wasn’t as bad as it sounds – with multiple subs and injuries meaning that Liverpool were forced to play regular keeper Jose Reina in midfield for the last 11 minutes. A meaningless result if ever there was one.
Fulham 0 – Real Madrid 0 – better than I expected for Fulham – although Madrid were again without their big names – with Van Nistelrooy, Backham and Ronaldo out.
All in all some interesting action – but never worth wasting your hard earned cash on – as most of the sides are still going through the options and testing out the relative merits of their squad.
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