Happy Spursday, Spurs fans. Who's ready to Audi Cup? In most circumstances, the opportunity to play Real Madrid would be something to be excited about, a date to circle on your calendar and look forward to. But today's friendly match, the opening in the biennial Audi Cup, not only feels anticlimactic, it feels like a burden. Spurs are set to play two 90 minute matches in two days before flying home from Germany to face potential title contender Manchester United at Old Trafford three days later. That's three matches in five days. You do the math. It ain't fun.
Let's also factor in that this is the first match Tottenham will have played against former Hotspurs Gareth Bale and Luka Modric since their... acrimonious departures from the club. As much as I love Gareth and Luka, I'm not looking forward to seeing what they can do against their old club. And you KNOW they're both going to start and do well because #narrative.
But on the other hand, this is the final set of tune-ups before the Premier League season starts in earnest. Win or lose, a good performance out of Spurs today could go a long way in helping settle all of our nerves ahead of Saturday.
So, let's get this over with. COYS.
Date: Tuesday, August 4, 2015
Time: 6:15 p.m. Munich, 5:15 p.m. UK, 12:15 p.m. USA
Location: Allianz Arena, Munich, Bavaria
TV: ESPN2 (USA English), ESPN Deportes (USA Spanish), Premier Sports (UK), Setanta Sports 1 (Ireland)
Streaming: WatchESPN (USA). Spurs will also stream the match through their Facebook page.
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