The Lilywhites start their Premier League campaign on Saturday afternoon against Manchester United, and Harry Redknapp has told Kicca that it is ‘strange’ they are playing two pre-season games this week.
The former Spurs boss said: “I find it very strange Tottenham are playing two games in Munich in this pre-season tournament just days away from the start of the season. If I was manager I wouldn’t be happy with that. I’d think they’d play two different teams in Munich but away at Manchester United is a tough start for Spurs.
“It [The games] can affect the result, of course it can. Two games in the week before you play on the Saturday, it’s far from ideal - definitely not the best preparation.”
Aside from the game against Real Madrid today, Spurs also play either Bayern Munich or Milan, before heading into the game with United.
It would have proven a tough tie to begin with, especially at the start of the campaign, but to play two games before seems excessively strange. The quality of the opposition is also hard, meaning that any challenge will be increased.
Of course, any result does not matter, and squad selections are not representative of how Mauricio Pochettino will start season, but the games still play a key role in preparations.
Teams do not like playing midweek fixtures in Europe or domestic cups when they are forced to, and Spurs are playing two which they have chosen willingly.
Their selections do not make any sense when looked at in relation to the start of the Premier League season, and Harry Redknapp is correct to highlight the issues that exist with the friendlies.