Tottenham pre-season plans take shape as Ange Postecoglou prepares players for busy schedule

By Staff

While Ange Postecoglou’s focus remains squarely on this season, Tottenham have already started finalising plans for the Australian’s post and pre-season preparations for the next campaign.

Spurs still have 10 matches to go in the Premier League this season and are teetering on the edge of the top four in fifth spot with a game in hand on Aston Villa. However, plans need to be confirmed well in advance for matches ahead of next season with all of the travel required as well as sorting out which opponents Tottenham will play in those games.

Here is what is being lined up in the post-season months around a summer that will contain the Euros and the Copa America for some of Postecoglou’s squad.


With no FA Cup final in their calendar, Tottenham are set to jet straight off after the end of the Premier League season and the game at Sheffield United’s Bramall Lane to play a friendly match in the city where Postecoglou grew up.

Spurs are set to announce a game against Newcastle United, following their FA Cup exit at the hands of Manchester City, which will be played on Wednesday, May 22 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

As one of its famous sons, having moved there from Greece as a child, Melbourne is a bit Postecoglou-crazy with various murals of the Tottenham boss across the city and it already had a strong contingent of Spurs fans before his appointment.

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The north London club have played post-season games before, including one in Hong Kong in 2017 and another in Malaysia in 2015, and that tight turnaround between the Sheffield United match and the one against Eddie Howe’s Newcastle, with the long flight in between, suggests a different line-up could well be used.

A decision will have to be made over whether those involved in the Euros and Copa America travel with the team or can begin their week or so of rest a couple of days early before they meet up with their international squads. It’s worth noting that many of the other players will also face international friendlies in early June.


After spending time away from the club either on international duty or on holiday, the Tottenham players not at the Euros or Copa America will reconvene at Hotspur Way for the beginning of pre-season training in July with Postecoglou and his coaches.

A string of friendlies to prepare the team for the campaign ahead will then ensue, albeit with a few of the tournament players missing to begin with before some start filtering back into the squad in the weeks before the season kicks off. Skipper Son Heung-min should be one of those available to play, barring injury, with the Asian Cup having already been played in January.

Spurs are eyeing up a friendly in Scotland in mid-July before embarking on an Asian tour soon after. They will travel to play one game on that continent before jetting across for two more in Son’s homeland of South Korea, once again taking part in the Coupang Play Series tournament.

The first game in Korea is expected to be a friendly with Team K League in a K League All-Star game currently scheduled for July 28.


The second match in South Korea is currently being lined up as a game between Tottenham and Bayern Munich on August 2. A reunion between Harry Kane and Spurs would seem unlikely on this occasion unless England exit the Euros at a far earlier stage than hoped.

Then with the Premier League season not starting until August 17, that will leave room for at least one more friendly for Postecoglou’s men in the final weekend. Last year the club managed to fit in a home game against Shakhtar Donetsk and then a match at Barcelona in the final midweek for a different starting XI before kicking off the campaign at Brentford.

With the chance to bring in more summer transfer funds and hand Postecoglou a chance to get his players’ fitness up to speed against strong opposition, a money-spinning friendly at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in that final available weekend around August 10 would seem a logical step.

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