Tottenham Hotspur will be feeling good about their prospects for the upcoming season after yet another strong preseason performance on Saturday, and against very good opposition. Schalke 04 brought most of their first team to White Hart Lane and started more than half of their first-choice lineup, but they were on the back foot for most of Spurs' 2-1 victory.
This game marked the Spurs debut of Eric Dier, who started alongside Younes Kaboul in the center of defense. He was even better than expected, never putting a foot wrong during his time on the pitch and making a number of impressive tackles and interceptions.
Emmanuel Adebayor netted the opener in the 28th minute on the end of some great combination play, with Lewis Holtby getting credit for the assist. Erik Lamela started the move with a pass to Aaron Lennon, who moved it along to Holtby down the left. Holtby squared, Lamela let it run past him, and Adebayor had an easy finish at the far post.
Spurs made four changes at halftime, with Ben Davies, Andros Townsend, Harry Kane and Roberto Soldado entering for Danny Rose, Lennon, Lamela and Adebayor.
Townsend, in particular, was incredibly active and had a big part in most of Spurs' big attacks. He had a great run and cutback for Soldado in the 53rd minute -- though Soldado missed badly -- then had a shot saved three minutes later. Finally, in the 66th minute, he was part of a goal. Ralf Fahrmann stopped his effort from the edge of the box, but he tipped the ball right onto Soldado's head, and it looped into the back of the net.
Schalke pulled a goal back in the 80th minute, taking advantage of some poor defending. Zeki Fryers and Tom Carroll had both just come on, and a lack of communication between them and others around them led to Kevin Prince-Boateng running unmarked into the penalty area to score from a cross by Dennis Aogo.
Spurs pushed hard for another goal from then on, though, and were very unlucky not to score. Townsend and Cristian Ceballos both forced saves out of Fahrmann, who was very good on the night and unlucky to concede the goals he did.