The Ange Postecoglou era at Tottenham Hotspur begins today! Spurs are in Perth, Australia on the first leg of their preseason tour that will take them to Thailand and Singapore, and their first preseason opponent of the summer is a familiar one: West Ham United. It’s not often you get a London Derby in Oz, but that’s what we’ve got here.
The fun thing about this particular match is that we have no real idea what to expect. Spurs did line up in a back four in yesterday’s open training so that feels like a reasonable assumption, but other than that I have no clue what we’ll see out there today. But what I do expect is a Spurs side that will look very different to the one that started last season under Antonio Conte and finished under Ryan Mason. Big Ange hasn’t had a lot of time to work with his team yet, but we know he has a very distinct idea for how he wants his Spurs team to play. I can’t wait to see it.
Remember, this is a friendly. It’s about fitness and general tactics and not about winning. The final score doesn’t matter, and Spurs could look a little rough out there. Try not to melt down. Nobody likes a melt in a preseason friendly.
Football is back— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) July 18, 2023
Ange's first starting XI ⤵️
How to Watch
West Ham United vs. Tottenham Hotspur
Optus Stadium, Perth, Australia
Time: 6:00 p.m. Australia, 6:00 a.m. USA, 11:00 a.m. UK
TV: CBS Sports Network (USA), not televised (UK)
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