Mauricio Pochettino deemed himself happy after Tottenham concluded their tour of North America with a convincing 2-0 win at Chicago Fire to remain unbeaten under his stewardship.
The victory against Chicago was a purposefully more defensive and measured display being played at a slower tempo to combat the extreme humidity. Harry Kane opened the scoring after only 4 minutes after a defensive error allowed Lewis Holtby to steal the ball and set up the young striker for a simple tap in. Aron Lennon then finished the job after taking the ball past the on rushing keeper and sliding it into the unguarded net after 83 minutes.
The performance of note was from young Argentine Erik Lamela. Although only playing the first 45 minutes, enough was seen to suggest that the Spurs fans may finally get to see what all the fuss was about after a debut season to forget. Lamela's confidence is clearly growing following the new managers arrival at the club and tested the keeper with several stinging drives. But the man in charge was more collective in his appraisal after the game.
The Spurs manager told the official Tottenham website, "I'm very pleased for the players because we've finished with a good win, a clean sheet and that's a boost for the confidence"
"It was difficult in the humidity but well done to the players, It was a good game out there. I'm happy for all of them. I though we played well."
"We've worked hard on this Tour and congratulations to the players, staff and the supporters, they've been fantastic."
Tottenham are next up against Celtic and then finish their pre-season with a home fixture against German side Schalke before the big kick off against West ham on August 16th.