Pochettino highlights importance of final pre-season game

The Argentine has expressed how important the match against Inter is for the players preparation.

Pochettino highlights importance of final pre-season game
Pochettino on the touchline last season (source: action images)

Tottenham Hotspur will meet with Italian giants Inter Milan for their final preseason game, eight days before the start of the 2016/2017 Premier League season. The game will take place in Oslo on August 5.  

The game will see the return of the 11 players who represented their countries at the European Championship, all of whom missed the tour to Australia due to needing a well-deserved rest. Academy players Luke Amos, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Marcus Edwards, Anton Walkes and Shayon Harrison are amongst those who are travelling.

Perfect timing

Mauricio Pochettino has expressed the importance of preseason games including the ones “played at our training ground too”.

Before the tour in Australia Spurs played Fulham, Nottingham Forest and Rotherham United in behind-closed-doors friendlies.

The manager added that he believes that “for our preparation this game [against Inter] is arriving in a good moment for us” as it gives enough time to “ensure that we arrive [to the Premier League] in a very good condition”.

Tottenham finish their pre-season with a game against Roberto Mancinis Inter / Bleacher Report
Tottenham finish their pre-season with a game against Roberto Mancinis Inter / Bleacher Report

Pochettino went on to complement their opponents adding that it is “a very good game” to finish on, as “Inter Milan is a great team” and will allow the team to “feel the competition” they need.

Player’s return

The Argentine also spoke about “important” return of the Euro 2016 players. He commented that he as a club “it’s been a long time [since our last competitive game] and every player wants to compete” as everyone is “very excited to start to play”. 

He also added that, “the most important thing is to start the season in a very good condition” and the return of these players will allow them to settle into competitive football and so aid the club in their preparation.  Pochettino added that the return of these players is “important to recover the feeling” of playing.