Andre ready for LA to turn up the heat
Andre Villas-Boas expects our pre-season preparations to step up a gear when we face LA Galaxy on Tuesday night (7.30pm local time, 3.30am Wednesday, UK).
We take on the reigning MLS champions at the Home Depot Center in the first of three friendlies on our tour of the USA.
After a behind-closed-doors friendly against Brentford and 2-0 win at Stevenage, we now face a Galaxy team running into form, four matches unbeaten and with just two defeats in the last nine.
The last of those wins was an impressive 3-1 victory in Saturday's local derby against Chivas with Landon Donovan (2) and a certain Robbie Keane on target.
“The most important thing is for us to build on what we are doing in our preparations,” said Andre at Monday’s pre-match press conference.
“I think we now go up a level of competition from what we faced in England and the games against Brentford and Stevenage.
“It’s further competition because now we’re playing a team who is competing for the league.
“This friendly is important for our preparation and it will be good to face a team half-way through their season.
“There is also a different characteristic to this game as opposed to Baltimore (where we play Liverpool on Saturday), which will be played in the heat.
“It’s a good game for us, maybe we’ll give some players 60 or 90 minutes because in Baltimore we’ll maybe need to use two different 11s.
“These are the things we have to bear in mind considering the effort the players have put into training.”
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Here’s the schedule for our US friendlies
LA Galaxy v Spurs – Tuesday, July 24, 7.30pm local time (July 25, 3.30am UK time)
Spurs v Liverpool in Baltimore – Saturday, July 28, 1pm local time (6pm UK)
New York Red Bulls v Spurs – Tuesday, July 31, 7.05pm local time (August 1, 12.05am, UK)
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