As the new season draws closer, Spurs are anticipating big things from their new stadium, which is nearing its long-awaited completion.
Spurs will play their first Premier League game at the 62,062-seat complex in north London on 15th September against Liverpool, but before then, a number of test events are scheduled to take place this month. Designed to ensure the stadium complies with health and safety regulations and works as expected, they will include an Academy fixture on 27th August and a Tottenham Hotspur Legends v Bayern Munich Legends match on 1st September.
The ground, built on land adjoining their previous home at White Hart Lane and featuring a 285ft long bar and a glass-walled players’ tunnel, will also host NFL games in October.
Mauricio Pochettino said:
“We are excited about the season ahead and making the new stadium our new home…I have stood inside the bowl and I know the atmosphere will be unbelievable – it will be well worth the wait.” (TalkSport)
Spurs last month confirmed the stadium, which is estimated to have cost £750 million and created 3,500 jobs, will not be open in time for the start of the 2018-19 season. The teams opening premier league game is at St James’ Park against Newcastle on 11 August. They will then play promoted Fulham at Wembley in their first home fixture on 18 August. Two away matches follow at Manchester United and Watford.
French winger Georges-Kevin N’Koudou gave Tottenham a 1-0 win over AC Milan in their final US tour game. It was Spurs’ second victory in the now concluded International Champions Cup, having beaten Roma and lost to Barcelona on penalties.
Spurs started six academy players in Minneapolis – Luke Amos, TJ Eyoma, Anthony Georgiou, George Marsh, Oliver Skipp and Kyle Walker-Peters.
Pochettino has been particularly impressed with Amos who has every chance of starting against Newcastle.
He told Sky Sports:
“Football is about energy, desire, respect for yourself and your teammates, being professional. Luke Amos is a good example. He played three games of 90 minutes. He’s not so young – 21 – and maybe he doesn’t have Premier League experience but his performances showed it’s not a problem.”
The squad next face Girona in a friendly on Saturday 4th August at Estadi Montilivi.
In player news, Manchester United target Toby Alderweireld has confirmed he will return to pre-season training following his post-World Cup holiday.
🗣️“I will return to London this weekend for the start of pre-season with my club”
— Spurs Travel Club Tickets (@SpursVIP) August 2, 2018
Alderweireld rejected a Spurs contract extension worth around £120,000-a-week last term, prompting Pochettino to omit the defender from Premier League matches for much of the campaign. Spurs boss Daniel Levy is holding out for a fee in excess of £55 million and United have since looked elsewhere for an alternative.
Spurs Transfer Rumours
Continuing in the vein as it has for much of this transfer window, with a week to go, there is nothing hard and fast on incomers, but youngster Reo Griffiths has left Tottenham and signed a four-year deal with French side Lyon with Spurs pocketing six years’ worth of training compensation.
The latest talk of incoming players is £30 million raid for Bournemouth’s Lewis Cook.
The 21-year-old, signed from Leeds for £7 million two years ago, made his England debut earlier this year.
And there is also speculation that Chelsea could gazump Tottenham for Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish – he has been linked to a £20 million-plus move to Spurs all summer.
Villa almost certainly have to sell to meet Financial Fair Play rules.
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