Mauricio Pochettino comments on Tottenham's defensive display against Juventus

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino

Dominic Ball and Cameron Carter-Vickers struggled in Melbourne against the Italian giants earlier today.

Tottenham manager Mauricio PochettinoTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has refused to criticise Dominic Ball and Cameron Carter-Vickers after today’s friendly defeat to Juventus.

Both were at fault for the Italians' opener, with Ball in particular looking shaky in the opening stages, yet Pochettino was happy with their overall contribution.

Dominic Ball - Tottenham HotspurDominic Ball - Tottenham Hotspur

"I'm very happy because when you make a mistake after five minutes of the game, it's difficult to forget," he said, in quotes published by ESPN.

"The way we play we give a lot of responsibility to our centre-backs and today Cameron and Ball behaved very well and I'm very happy. In front of them was Juventus."

It’s true that both players improved as the game wore on but neither look anywhere close to featuring for the first-team just yet.

Juventus' Paulo Dybala in action with Tottenham's Cameron Carter VickersJuventus' Paulo Dybala in action with Tottenham's Cameron Carter Vickers

A loan move could be beneficial for both but Pochettino may be tempted to keep one of them around as emergency cover.

Both Eric Dier and Victor Wanyama can cover at centre-back, making it unlikely that Spurs will look to bring in additional options via the transfer market.

England's Marcus EdwardsEngland's Marcus Edwards

Today’s match was a useful exercise for Tottenham, with plenty of youngsters showing promise in the second half after lackluster displays from the senior fringe players in the first 45.

The likes of Nacer Chadli, Ryan Mason and Heung-Min Son did little to suggest that they will threaten the first-team next season, while Harry Winks, Marcus Edwards and Joshua Onomah all impressed as Spurs rallied in the second half.

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