By Ollie Irish
Arry Redknapp “didn’t want this game”, so to say Villarreal wanted it more… well, it didn’t take much for the Primera Liga side to overcome a jetlagged Tottenham team in full-on ‘stroll’ mode.
“The visitors looked fresher and more alert, and twice took advantage of lax defending to pierce Tottenham through the centre.
“Former Manchester United striker Giuseppe Rossi converted both times, the first after a simple passing move and the second after a careless error by Michael Dawson.
“Spurs started the second half more brightly and Mexican striker Giovani dos Santos pulled a goal back after Peter Crouch had put him through. But Rossi settled matters – and sealed his hat-trick – with a deflected long range effort shortly afterwards, and Marco Ruben completed the rout.” [Telegraph]
The scoreline doesn’t look good for Spurs but results in pre-season friendlies are rarely indicative of what happens when the real games begin.
Clinical by Rossi.