Tottenham Hotspur Tour 2016/17 fixtures: List of pre-season friendlies the Spurs play before EPL
Tottenham Hotspur will head into the new season with renewed zeal after having a successful 2015-16 Premier League campaign under Mauricio Pochettino. The next season will be crammed with an elite league of managers and it will be really interesting to see how Mauricio Pochettino manages to cope with the pressure and the expectations. Given a relatively smaller transfer kitty, it will be tough for the Argentine gaffer to compete with the likes of Pep Guardiola, Jose Mourinho, and Antonio Conte.
The 46-year-old Argentine has done exceedingly well despite being severely restricted of money and the club’s ability to attract top players. His faith in youth has paid off and they have progressed really well for his first two seasons at Tottenham.Pochettino recently signed Victor Wanyama from Southampton on a five-year-deal in an effort to address the lack of depth in the midfield. This move certainly gives Pochettino a degree of flexibility in terms of squad rotation and selection.
Tottenham enjoyed a hugely promising campaign which saw them qualify for the Champions League after finishing third. For the first time in years, all the three departments, attack, defence and midfield seemed to be firing simultaneously. Tottenham finished the season with the best offensive and joint best defensive record in the Premier League despite having a really young side.
The lack of experience and depth in the midfield department added to Mousa Dembele’s absence in the last few games due to suspension potentially cost Tottenham the title. Arsenal capitalised Tottenham’s downfall and leapfrogged them for the second spot on the last day of the season.
Tottenham will be taking part in the International Champions Cup in Australia as a part of pre-season preparation. The Lilywhites will face Spanish giants Atletico Madrid and Seria-A Champions Juventus.
Tottenham will face Juventus in the opening fixture of the friendly tournament on 26th of July, 2016. Mauricio Pochettino will have the opportunity to reunite with his former International teammate when Tottenham clash against Atletico Madrid on 29th of July, 2016.
The pre-season will also enable Pochettino to have a further assessment regarding players’ form and progress over International competitions, Euros and Copa America. Furthermore, It also represents a good chance for the manager and the players to see how they fare against two of the biggest clubs in the world.
|Date||Opponent||Venue||Kick-off time(IST)||Predicted result|
|26th July, 2016||Juventus||Melbourne Cricket Ground||15:30||Tottenham 1-2 Juventus|
|29th July, 2016||Athletico Madrid||Melbourne Cricket Ground||15:30||Tottenham 0-2 Athletico Madrid|