Former Tottenham Hotspur striker Alan Brazil slammed his old club for their pre-season planning as he spoke on his show on for talkSPORT.
Tottenham found themselves stuck in Germany following their game against AC Milan in the Audi Cup, which leaves the club very little time to prepare for their opening match of the Premier League season away at Manchester United.
It is a little bizarre as to why Tottenham planned to do so much travelling around in pre-season, with the importance for the club to start well in the Premier League arguably greater than ever before.
“My problem is that if I was still a player there, I wouldn’t want to be in Munich or playing abroad, I’d want to be back here building up for the new season – It’s poor planning,” he said on talkSPORT.
Potential for fatigue
There is a real chance that there could be a little bit of fatigue in the legs of Tottenham’s key players heading into that game against United.
That could put the side on the back foot, cause their concentration to slip a little bit at key moments and against a team like Manchester United, that’s enough to see them potentially lose the game.
Regardless of the way things have been planned by Tottenham, they need to try and find a way of getting focused on the Premier League, putting any criticism of their pre-season schedule behind them.
Hopefully the officials making the key decisions at the club in terms of travelling for commercial or corporate reasons, can show a little bit of common sense moving forward to prevent an unnecessarily clustered schedule from repeating itself.