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Things we learned from Tottenham's pre-season win over MK Dons

90min logo 90min 29/7/2021 Jude Summerfield
a man in the air: Lucas Moura celebrates his goal against MK Dons | Shaun Botterill/Getty Images © Provided by 90min Lucas Moura celebrates his goal against MK Dons | Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Tottenham showed more promising signs under new manager Nuno Espirito Santo with a comfortable 3-1 victory over Milton Keynes Dons on Wednesday, their second win of pre-season.

Dele Alli scored on his return to Stadium MK after Son Heung-min had opened the scoring, with Lucas Moura rounding off Spurs' efforts with a nicely rolled third. John Freeman later pulled one back for the hosts.

The win sets Tottenham up nicely for their next two games against Chelsea and Arsenal for the Mind Series. But what did we learn from Wednesday night?

1. Phases of play looked much sharper

'Turgid' is probably a good word to some up the majority of Tottenham's attacking play in the past two years, which seems odd when you've got players like Harry Kane and Son Heung-min in the team.

But it has been pretty turgid.

On Wednesday, the phases of play looked much cleaner. The front three of of Son Heung-min, Lucas Moura and Steven Bergwijn interchanged nice to free up space, with Oliver Skipp and Nile John behind them playing progressive passes.

Chances were never far away, and some terrific play culminated in Dele's goal. Yes, it's only pre-season, but it looked a lot worse at this point last year in comparison.

2. Dele Alli looks ready

There is no middle ground on Dele. You're either a fan who loves him to bits, or someone who thinks Spurs are better off without him in the team.

Last season was probably the most disappointing of Dele's career. He was ostracised from the team by former manager Jose Mourinho and only got back into the starting XI when Ryan Mason took charge.

But so far this summer he's looked ready for action.

The 25-year-old, who was captain for the night, played some nice passes for the attacking trio of Son, Lucas and Bergwijn, and later got on the scoresheet.

A fitting performance for Dele on his return to his old club, and hopefully a sign of bigger and better things to come.

3. Steven Bergwijn has taken Erik Lamela's 'looks good in pre-season' mantle

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