Tottenham vs. Roma: International Champions Cup match preview

ORLANDO, FL - JULY 22: Harry Kane
ORLANDO, FL - JULY 22: Harry Kane /

Coming off an impressive first outing, Spurs focus their attention on Roma, their next International Champions Cup opponent. 

Tottenham departed hot and sticky Orlando yesterday after enjoying some fun in the sun, and most importantly, a 4-2 victory over PSG in the team’s first quasi-competitive match of the pre-season.

The usual suspects took center stage in the victory, the goals coming from Christian Eriksen, Harry Kane, Toby Alderweireld and Eric Dier. If you missed it, click here for a full recap of the match, including all the goal highlights.

While Tottenham’s top talent led them to victory, Mauricio Pochettino – as expected in a warm-up tour of this nature – gave some young Spurs talent some much-needed game time. Some fared better than others, but at least Kyle Walker-Peters,  Cameron Carter-Vickers, Josh Onomah, and Tashan Oakley-Boothe all got their shirts wet.

On to New Jersey to play Roma

Spurs now face Roma on Tuesday evening (01:00 am BST Wednesday morning) at 8 p.m. ET in New Jersey. You can watch the match on ESPN2 in the US and Premier Sports in the UK, while streaming options are available on WatchESPN and Premier Sports.

If all else fails, head to YouTube to find an available stream.

Runners-up of their respective domestic leagues last season, the match will provide a good indication of how both teams are progressing in their pre-season programs.

Spurs’ former defender  Federico Fazio recently left the north London club permanently to join Roma, a deal that surprised nobody in the English capital.

Roma started their International Champions Cup campaign in Detroit with a 1-1 draw against PSG, which the French side eventually won on penalties. Sadiq Umar, 20, scored the lone marker for the Italian side in a fairly evenly contested affair. Roma also had two penalty claims fall on deaf ears.

You can expect much of the same from Pochettino’s team selection, as the manager is far more concerned with ensuring each player gets some match time along with increasing the squad’s collective fitness levels than results.

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Expect a mix of inexperienced youth and experienced club veterans in the starting 11.  After the interval, Pochettino will make bulk changes while keeping the balance between his top and fringe players very much intact.

If you can’t watch the match – due to the ungodly kick off time in England – check back on Wednesday morning as we’ll have the full match report alongside all the goal highlights.