Why Spurs' Audi Cup participation could endanger their Premier League start

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Manchester United could benefit from what looks like a tough few fixtures for Tottenham this week.

Tottenham's participation in the high profile Audi Cup in Munich this week may well do wonders for their global brand, as well as see them bring in a little extra money to boost the coffers as the North Londoners move forward with their new stadium, but with the Premier League opener against Manchester United looming on Saturday, it is a bizarre and some would even say crazy decision.

Though it is easy to see the prospect of facing former players Gareth Bale and Luka Modric as a major positive (if a little upsetting) there are plenty of reasons why heading to Bavaria could be something the club come to regret come Saturday lunchtime.

Because, quite aside from the fact that Spurs are taking part in one pre-season friendly so close to August 8, is that they are playing two matches in 24 hours in Germany. 

Arguably, Tottenham will not have a harder run of matches all season. If they came as part of the proper fixture list, you would bet that any manager would have issues about having to play Real Madrid, one of the best teams in the world, away from home, and then just a day later playing either Bayern Munich or AC Milan, again two top sides, before coming back to England and heading to free-spending United, where they lost 3-0 last season. Essentially, that is three away games against three of the biggest sides in Europe in five days, and after coming flying back from the US less than a week before.

On top of that, the likes of Harry Kane will almost certainly be featuring in more minutes than the club would like him to. The England international ended up playing the vast majority of the match against MLS All-Stars last week, just like he played most of the matches in Malaysia and Australia at the end of last season, but in all of those matches he at least had one other forward to come on at some point and give him a rest - in Germany Spurs have just Kane as a recognised striker. At best he will be playing more than 90 minutes between the two matches, and worst he runs a real likelihood of injury just days before the start of the season.

If that were to happen, it might be panic buy time, as the club continue to look like offloading both Emmanuel Adebayor and Roberto Soldado in the near future.

Though up front is where there is an obvious shortage for Pochettino, the Argentine should be mindful of any of his players overdoing it across the two matches. With Real, and potentially Bayern, Spurs players are going to be doing a lot of chasing opponents in possession, and if there are any injuries before the game against United, then there will be serious questions asked of the club's decision to participate.

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