Roma beat Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 on Saturday but Ivan Perisic (£5.5m) impressed with defeat, while Nottingham Forest handed over jesse lingard (£6.0m) his first appearance in a 1-1 draw with Valencia.
We’ve got the Fantasy Premier League (FPL) goals, assists, line-ups and talking points from those games in our Scout Notes.
Reports on the day’s other games are linked below, with more to follow.
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TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 0-1 ROME
Spurs concluded their pre-season preparations with a narrow friendly loss to Jose Mourinho’s Roma on Saturday.
However, Antonio Conte will reap the benefits of defeat, with new signing Ivan Perisic impressing on his first start for the club.
The Croatian came close to scoring three times and was a real threat in the final third, although Conte stressed he still needed time to become ‘…the Ivan Perisic I know’.
“He’s an important player because he’s really good. He moves forward, good one-on-one, then he can use both feet and he was in front of a winger, which is why he’s good one-on-one. “But he has to keep working because right now he’s not the Ivan Perisic I know. It’s normal, but I’m happy because he reduced the recovery time from his injury. – Antonio Conte on Ivan Perisic
Fellow wing back Matt Doherty (£5.0m) didn’t last play against Rangers but started here and tipped a header on the woodwork before being flagged for offside.
He has also taken up some encouraging attacking positions but like Perisic still needs to improve his fitness after his recent return from a knee injury.
Doherty lasted 67 minutes before being replaced by Emerson Royal (£5.0m), with a new signature Djed Spence (£4.5million) an unused substitute.
“It was the same (as Perisic) for Matthew (Doherty). I hope to see him like last season and now he’s working and he’s struggling. We have to be patient. We have to give those time players to be really fit. At the moment we have two players, Perisic and Doherty, they have to keep working and reach the peak of their physical condition because after a long injury they are in a lot of trouble. You have to be patient , but today it was positive to give them a lot of time to play again for Matthew and Ivan.
It will be very important for us (to get Perisic and Doherty in good shape), but then we have Sessegnon, that’s a guarantee, Emerson is good too. There’s new player Spence. He’s a guy who has to work a lot, because to go to Tottenham it’s different in the Premier League with Tottenham but in the end I’m happy. – Antonio Conte on his options at the back
In a game of few clear chances, a Roger Ibanez header was the difference for Roma, but Harry Kane (£11.5million) was perhaps a little unfortunate not to return.
The England striker had the ball in the net just before the break only for the goal to be ruled out for offside, missed a late chance with a header when he should also have been awarded a second-half penalty .
Somewhere else, Richarlison (£8.5m) also had an impact after the replacement Son Heung-min (£12.0 million), while Ben Davis (£5.0m) was back on the bench after injury.
“Richarlison, I really liked the way he impacted the game. We need this type of player. Richarlison to start the game or get into the game, he can have a big impact. For us, “It’s very important. We need him behind Sonny, as well as Kane and Kulusevski. He’s an important player because we have a lot of games to play. – Antonio Conte on Richarlison
Tottenham Hotspur XI (3-4-2-1): Lloris (Forster 67); Romero, Dier, Sanchez (Lenglet 46); Doherty (Royal 67), Bissouma (Bentancur 46), Hojbjerg, Perisic (Sessegnon 75); Kulusevski (Moura 67), Son (Richarlison 67); Kane
NOTTINGHAM FOREST 1-1 VALENCIA
- Goals: Johnson
- Aids: Awoniyi
Nottingham Forest ended their pre-season campaign with a 1-1 draw against Valencia, with Jesse Lingard impressive on his debut.
The summer signature – deployed in a no. 10 role behind Brennan Johnson (£6.0 million) and Sam Surridge (£5.0m) – showed a glimpse of what he has to offer, taking several hits while being central to much of Forest’s attacking play.
“Thank you to the fans for the warm welcome. I really, really appreciate it. I’m going to do my best for Nottingham Forest, don’t worry about it – 110% every game. –Jesse Lingard
Brennan Johnson’s 83rd-minute goal made it 1-1, with a record substitute and signing Taiwo Awoniyi (£6.0m) grabbing the assist.
And the pair nearly combined again minutes later, only for the Valencia keeper to deny the Welsh striker a second.
Somewhere else, neco williams (£4.0m) looked lively in the final third, while Jack Colback (£4.5m) started in central midfield alongside Lewis O’Brien (£5.0 million).
It’s because Ryan Yates (£5.0m) suffered another injury and is expected to be out for a few weeks.
Nottingham Forest XI (3-4-1-2): Henderson; Worrall, Cook, McKenna; Williams, Colback, O’Brien, Toffolo; Lingard (Cafu 77); Johnson, Surridge (Awoniyi 62)