Ireland U19 international Ryan Johansson impressed as he played 60 minutes for Bayern Munich who were defeated by Tottenham in the Audi Cup final on Wednesday evening.
Johansson was given the nod from the start for a relatively inexperienced Bayern side but looked very comfortable in the middle of the park despite the German giants’ defeat to Spurs in Munich.
The 18-year old had previously started against Arsenal in pre-season with Niko Kovac giving the talented midfielder some valuable game time ahead of the new campaign.
Johansson, who was born in Luxembourg but confirmed his Irish committment to Pundit Arena in February, will be hoping to be involved in first team matters at the Allianz Arena this year as he continues to develop quickly at the club.
The 18-year old however could do little to stop Spurs going 2-0 up thanks to goals from Erik Lamela and Christian Eriksen before Jann-Fiete Arp and Alphonso Davies drew Bayern level after the break.
Spurs would go on to win the game 6-5 on penalties, with Mauricio Pochettino opting to leave 17-year old Troy Parrott on the bench for the final.
Parrott had featured frequently for the North London side in pre-season, starting against the likes of Juventus and Manchester United, but he did not make an appearance against Bayern on Wednesday night.
For both young Irish stars this pre-season has represented ample first-team opportunites with Johansson and Parrott impressing in the game time they have gotten so far.
The duo will be hoping to be involved in Stephen Kenny’s Irish U21 squad for their next round of fixtures in the European Championship qualifiers with some believing that Parrott in particular could be called up to the senior squad if he continues to be a part of Pochettino’s Tottenham plans.
Johansson and Munich must now prepare for the German Supercup final on Saturday where they will face Borussia Dortmund while Parrott and Spurs finish their pre-season with a clash against Inter Milan on Sunday.