Asia trip could aid Spurs' preparations
Tottenham are hopeful a pre-season trip to Asia this summer will help them make a better start to the 2009-10 Barclays Premier League season. Spurs slumped to the bottom of this season's Premier League before Spaniard Juande Ramos was sacked at the end of October and replaced by Harry Redknapp. Redknapp has since engineered a turnaround in fortunes at White Hart Lane, and Tottenham club secretary John Alexander has now confirmed a pre-season meeting with Hong Kong champions South China on August 2. Alexander told PA Sport: "This is an important part of our pre-season programme so when the players come back on July 6 everything will be focused on the start of the season. "The visit to Hong Kong will be less than two weeks away from our first match so Harry will want everyone to be available together, preparing in the right fashion and all available for the game. "The main thing is that some teams come over at the end of the season or early in the pre-season when things aren't so critical. But integrating this as part of our pre-season programme will mean it's at a time when everyone has to be together and will be trying to achieve their peak - so that's another factor why we will bring a strong side."
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