Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino seeks early return from Audi Cup

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Spurs play their final fixture in Germany on Wednesday night before meeting Manchester United on Saturday

Mauricio Pochettino has hinted at his frustration over the way Tottenham Hotspur's final pre-season fixtures have been scheduled.

Spurs opted to participate in the Audi Cup, held in Munich, alongside Bayern, Real Madrid and AC Milan this week, with their Premier League opener looming large.

His side succumbed to a 2-0 defeat to Real Madrid on Tuesday and will face AC Milan at 5:15 pm, UK time, tonight in the third place play-off – three days before travelling to Old Trafford to face Louis van Gaal’s men in a 12:45 pm kick-off.

In quotes published by the Daily Mail, Pochettino spoke of his desire to alter the team’s travel plans so they can return to England immediately after the game as opposed to Thursday.

"We want to try and travel after our game," he said. "We need to speak to our people at the club and try to rearrange the flight. It may be better if we arrive on Wednesday in London.”

Whether the Spurs boss gets his wish is yet to be seen, but the club’s choice to compete in the tournament so close to the new season suggests footballing considerations were way down the list of priorities in the decision-making process.

A tough trip to Old Trafford has potentially been made even tougher and Pochettino would be advised to limit the minutes his key men see tonight.

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