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Spurs in Hong Kong

Posted on 1 August 2009  - 12:00

We waved goodbye to China and said hello to Hong Kong on Saturday.

Spurs in Hong Kong

We waved goodbye to China and said hello to Hong Kong on Saturday.

After lifting the Barclays Asia Trophy against Hull on Friday night, the squad took an early flight to Hong Kong for Sunday's friendly against South China FC.

There were a few bleary eyes as the players rose for a 7am breakfast - no surprise as we'd arrived back at the hotel at midnight after Friday's fine 3-0 win - and the coach departed for the airport at 7.30am.

The plane took off from Beijing at 10am for a flight of just over three hours to Hong Kong where we were greeted by many local Spurs fans, all naturally delighted to see their heroes finally walk through the arrivals gate.

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There was no time to wait around though. The players were soon off in different directions - Jermain Defoe and Heurelho Gomes joined Harry Redknapp for a press conference to mark Sunday's double-header at the National Stadium as TSW Pegasus of Hong Kong take on Thailand's Bec Tero Sasana before our friendly against South China FC.

All four teams were represented, all made speeches, answered questions from the gathered media and signed shirts were swapped between teams.

At the same time, Roman Pavlyuchenko, Dorian Dervite, Aaron Lennon and Kyle Naughton went for a special signing session at the PUMA Store in Langham Placetony, Mongkok, Kowloon.

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The fans were out in force again - including local supporters group Hong Kong Spurs - and the lads signed for over 150 people in the store.

After that it was down to business.

The squad was split into two. The first group was made up of the lads who started Friday night's win against Hull City and remained at the hotel for a gymnasium and pool session.

Meanwhile, the rest of the squad made the short trip to the Hong Kong National Stadium for a football session in preparation for Sunday's friendly.

After a short warm-up, the lads took part in a couple of ball drills before a high-tempo short-sided game and a finishing drill.

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