It has been announced that Tottenham Hotspur will make the trip to far-East Asia to play a friendly against Hong Kong champions, Kitchee on the 26th May. This is despite Tottenham having to play their final game of the Premier League 2016-17 season away to relegation threatened Hull City just five days earlier. The match will commemorate 20 years since the British government elected to transfer sovereignty of Hong Kong to China.
The Barclays Premier League is popular all over the globe with a large swell of support for Tottenham amassing in Asia over the past few years. When speaking on the Tottenham Hotspur website Mauricio Pochettino claimed ‘We are aware of our growing popularity across Asia. This latest visit represents a great chance for us to engage with our loyal fans in the region and thank them for their fantastic support’.
Though the timing is precarious due to international fixtures soon after the FA Cup final on the 27th May, this is not the first time Spurs have taken part in an end-season friendly. In 2015, Tottenham played Malaysia All-Stars on 27th May in a post-season tour, winning the game 2-1 thanks to a brace from Harry Kane.
Tottenham also travel to America in July to take part in the Internation Champions Cup, competing against Paris Saint-Germain, Roma and Manchester City.
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