English Premiership

Poch tempers expectations over new star signing Ndombele

2019-07-22 13:23
Tanguy Ndombele
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Cape Town - Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino doesn't want the supporters to get carried away after Tanguy Ndombele impressed in a pre-season friendly on Sunday.

Spurs wrapped up a 3-2 win against Juventus, and apart from Harry Kane scoring the winner from the halfway line in injury time, the performance of Ndombele also caught the eye.

Spurs had taken the lead in the first half through Erik Lamela before two second-half goals in four minutes from former Chelsea loanee Gonzalo Higuain and Cristiano Ronaldo put Maurizio Sarri’s side in charge.

Pochettino’s £55.5 million club-record signing Ndombele was introduced a short time later and the French midfielder took less than two minutes to make an impact, assisting Lucas Moura with his first touch as the Brazilian escaped Joao Cancelo before beating Szczesny from close range.

"Ndombele is a player that has the capacity to do what he did today," Pochettino said. "But still it’s too far away in his adaptation. It’s only one week with us.

"Today he played more than I expected because our plan was to play him for only 15 minutes, but with the tempo, in the second half, it was good to give him 30 minutes.

"We are happy with him but still we don’t expect too much. We know his talent and what he can add to the team but its step by step and I don’t want to put too much pressure on him."


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