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.Stumble it! ::