Tottenham Hotspur continue to look good in preseason, though they weren't given much of a test. They were the better side from whistle to whistle on Saturday, easily defeating a weakened Celtic team 6-1 in Finland.
Because Celtic played a Champions League qualifier in mid-week and have another coming up, they played a mostly Under-21 squad. While Celtic's first team would have presented a solid challenge, the gap in quality between Spurs and the team Celtic played on the day was obvious very quickly.
Harry Kane scored the opener just five minutes in, but the real highlight was Andros Townsend's assist. He beat three defenders down the left flank before placing a perfect cutback into the feet of Kane, who hit his shot into the roof of the net from 15 yards. Eight minutes later, Roberto Soldado doubled Spurs' lead, taking advantage of a squared ball from Lewis Holtby.
However, things weren't all positive. Michael Dawson picked up a lower leg injury in the first half and had to be subbed off, with Zeki Fryers replacing him. Celtic also got on the board right before halftime, with the ball rolling past Brad Friedel after Jamie Lindsay and Zeki Fryers dueled for a cross. It wasn't clear who got the last touch, but the entire back line looked a bit lost on the move.
Spurs did hit back in first half stoppage time, though, with Etienne Capoue putting together a surprising bit of attacking skill to set up the goal. He found Holtby with a brilliant through ball, and Holtby took advantage, finishing to restore Spurs' two-goal lead.
Tottenham made a number of changes at halftime, switching about half the squad. Nabil Bentaleb came on, along with Danny Rose, Erik Lamela, Christian Eriksen and Emmanuel Adebayor. Sandro also entered later in the half.
The second half went much like the first, with Spurs dominating without much of a problem. Lamela scored in the 62nd minute when his effort from 25 yards took a deflection off a Celtic defender, fooling Craig Gordon. Eriksen added Spurs' fifth in the 83rd minute, scoring from 20 yards off a direct free kick after Adebayor drew a foul.
In the dying minutes of the game, Danny Rose drew a penalty, with Efe Ambrose hauling him down in the box. Adebayor stepped up and converted, extending Spurs' lead to five goals.
It was an impressive performance from Spurs, but ultimately not one that we learned much from. This was a lower quality of opposition than Spurs faced in America, and it showed.