Five things Spurs learned from Real Madrid loss: Alli and Lamela feature

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Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino had food for thought after the loss to the La Liga giants, with the Premier League opener against Manchester United days away.

Erik Lamela looked off the pace

It very much looks like Erik Lamela will be starting against Manchester United on Saturday given Andros Townsend's shoulder injury, but that isn't good news, with the Argentine one of the poorer performers against Real. From skying Tottenham's best chance to a whole clutch of misplaced passes, you could tell it was the 23-year-old's first game of pre-season. Spurs fans were hoping the forward would step it up this season, but compared to last summer, when Lamela impressed, he has some big improvements to make. The lack of chances created against the Spanish side was a cause for concern, and something Lamela is expected, yet failed to affect.

Eric Dier struggled in midfield

It wasn't much of a surprise to see defender Eric Dier struggling in central midfield against Real Madrid, but taking into account his mixed outing against the MLS All-Stars last week, it's safe to say the promising, and admittedly versatile centre back shouldn't be an option in that position in competitive matches. If nothing else, it emphasises that Mauricio Pochettino should go and sign a top class, proven defensive midfielder, or at least go with the midfielders he already has in his squad.

There are still issues in central defence

It looks like whoever Spurs play in the middle of the back four, there are likely to be mistakes made by someone. Against Real, new signings Toby Alderweireld and Kevin Wimmer started, and neither covered themselves in glory in their time on the field. Particularly with James Rodriguez's opener, when neither player was in the penalty area to challenge the Colombian to his header. There seems to be an ongoing problem for the club in this department, fingers crossed the (probable) partnership of Toby and his Belgian compatriot Jan Vertonghen are a different beast, though they haven't impressed either to be honest. 

Dele Alli already looks like one of the club's best midfielders

The 19-year-old has impressed in both his cameo against the All-Stars, and his 68 minutes against one of the best sides in the world. Alli showed a graceful ability with the ball, and a hugely encouraging desire to get involved in attacks, even in the few chances Spurs had to get forward. Physically, he looks more than a match for established players, and his nutmeg on ex Spur Luka Modric was arguably the highlight of the game for Tottenham fans. Whisper it quietly, but the midfielder looks like a star in the making.

Michel Vorm isn't the goalkeeper he was at Swansea

One player who had a particularly disappointing game was Michel Vorm. The Dutchman was signed from Swansea City with a reputation as one of the best keepers in the Premier League, but despite several appearances last season as back up to Hugo Lloris, the 31-year-old's reliability has waned significantly. Despite a couple of decent saves against Real, Vorm failed to cover himself in glory - clawing at an attempt by Jese early on that hit the bar, and then fumbling Gareth Bale's effort into the net. It was a decent effort by the Welshman, but a World Cup goalkeeper, as Vorm just about is, has to be saving shots like that. As it was, he, as well as Nabil Bentaleb for the shocking pass that gifted possession to Real, have to take the blame for Spurs fans witnessing their former hero scoring against them from 25 yards, and you can bet they'll be wishing Lloris back to fitness in time for Saturday.

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