First half:- Tottenham Hotspur - Cudicini, Walker, Dawson, Kaboul, Naughton, Jenas, Livermore, Lennon, Bentley, Pienaar, Kane.
Stevenage - Day, Gray, Ashton, Roberts, Charles, Morais, Dunne, Grant, Freeman, Ajose, Haber.
Second half:- Tottenham Hotspur - Friedel, Walker (Smith:62), Gallas, Vertonghen, Bassong, Jenas (Huddlestone,62), Carroll, Lennon (Falque,62), Sigurdsson, Townsend, Kane (Coulibaly,62).
Stevenage - Arnold, Shelley, N'Gala, Furlonge, Hills, Marum, Tansey, Ball, Carr, Shroot, Thalassitis.
The first 45 minutes ended in a stalemate with both sides drawing no goals and not much action in particular to speak about. After the starting eleven failed to penetrate the Stevenage back-line, Villas-Boas swapped a couple of players, including that of new signings Gylfi Sigurdsson and Jan Vertonghen, making their first ever appearance for the North London side. Even though Villas-Boas changed up the squad, he stuck with the initial 4-2-3-1 formation for the remainder of the game. This proved to be the correct decision as Tottenham went on to defeat Stevenage on a 2-0 victory, with goals from Sigurdsson and Falque.
It took Spurs just 10 minutes into the second half to find the back of the net. 21 year old winger Andros Townsend ran the ball down the left flank before cutting the ball back to Sigurdsson. The midfielder latched on to the ball calmly before drilling the ball with a low drive past the Stevenage goalie resulting in his debut goal for the club.
The second and winning goal came just two minutes from full time when right back Adam Smith made a pass to attacking midfielder Yago Falque, who made a darting run into the box and took a shoot which found the far corner of the net.
Congratulations to Spurs on a well fought victory on their first game of the pre-season. Let's hope this victory is just the first in a long line of victories this season.
Former Tottenham Hostspur player and inductee to the Spurs Hall of Fame has expressed his sheer delight to be back at the club. Freund will be assisting Andre Villas-Boas in what he stated to be a dream job.
"That's what I said to everyone in Germany, to all my friends, that my dream is to one day come back to Spurs" - STEFFEN FREUND
Steffen left his post as Germany's Under 16 manager to make his return to White Hart Lane, claiming that he can draw on many similarities between them.
Even though his first responsibilties are to support Villas-Boas and the first team squad, he has also stated that he would like to lend a hand to the Spurs youth team as well.
With all his professed love for the North London side, he may very well be a big piece of the puzzle that is a title challenge.
The mexican attacking midfielder has expressed his unhappiness while being at the North London club and not getting a regular position in the squad.
Dos Santos' contract will expire by the winter break and warns that he will leave the club on as a free agent if they do not sell him before the Premier League begins.
Dos Santos arrived at Spurs in June 2008 from Barcelona but apparently failed to impress Harry Redknapp during training sessions to secure a role in the first team squad. During his time at Tottenham he has been on three loan spells for different teams including Ipswich Town, Galatasary and Racing Santander.
He seems to be an ambitious 23 year old who just wants to play the game of football and has definitely shown his skill in the sport for his national team and during his loan spells. It makes sense to collect a fee for him in this transfer window no matter what the fee may be, it seems better than letting him go for free, especially if we're not going to use him on the field.
Even thought he has only had a couple of days training with the Spurs players, Andre Villas-Boas seems to be delighted at what he sees from his new squad. Some of the players have not yet joined the training sessions due to their international duties but is very much impressed with the players whom he has gotten to work with.
"I've great first impressions because you can see the commitment is there and that's what we want to take into the new season. They have been excellent professionals in the way that they have put in the effort for us. The level of intensity has been very, very high. We soon travel to America, players will arrive and we will continue to work to try and achieve optimum fitness and performance levels so we are ready for Newcastle on August 18." - ANDRE VILLAS BOAS
Spurs have their first pre-season friendly against League One side Stevenage on the 18th of July. Hopefully with news such as this and new players coming aboard, we can get good results from those pre-season games and be fully prepared for the Premier League and the Europa League.