The reason why Ange Postecoglou will drop Harry kane against barcelona

Tottenham’s preseason concludes tonight with a friendly versus Barcelona in the annual Joan Gamper Trophy encounter, but Harry Kane will be missing.

It is the fourth match of Spurs’ off-season, which began with a loss to West Ham in Singapore and ended with a 5-1 victory over Shakhtar Donetsk in north London, with Kane scoring four goals.

Kane’s future has been the subject of considerable speculation throughout the summer, with Bayern Munich failing three times with bids for the striker, the most recent of which totaled £86 million.

Standard Sport believes Kane is now preparing for life at Tottenham for the forthcoming season, with the club having set a deadline for him and the deal to be completed before Sunday’s Premier League opening against Brentford.

But Kane will not be featuring tonight at the Lluís Companys Olympic Stadium as Ange Postecoglou casts an eye over his players for the final time before their trip to west London.

With Kane playing 80 minutes against Shakhtar on Sunday, the quick turnaround means the captain has been allowed to stay at Hotspur Way and give others the opportunity to impress and work on their fitness. The likes of James Maddison was also not pictured with the travelling squad, though Heung-min Son was.

New signing Micky van de Ven will also sit out the friendly, along with incoming addition Alejo Veliz, as they await work permits.


Ange Postecoglou has admitted that he will name a completely different starting eleven against Barcelona this evening compared to the one that took to the field against Shakhtar Donetsk on Sunday.

Postecoglou would have been happy with his team’s performance against Shakhtar, with the Lilywhites putting the away team under constant pressure and creating chance after chance.

Spurs have now traveled to Catalonia to face Barcelona in the Joan Gamper Trophy, which will be the Premier League club’s penultimate match before the season kicks off against Brentford on Sunday.

With little over 48 hours between the Shakhtar and Barca clashes, it was always to be expected that Postecoglou would ring the changes, and the Tottenham head coach has indeed confirmed that a completely different eleven will take to the field.

Postecoglou will make changes against Barcelona

Postecoglou noted that he is excited to see how his team performs against the La Liga heavyweights, noting that many of the players who will be on the field tonight evening had good pre-seasons.

“We’ve got training tomorrow (Monday), we’ll probably change the whole team for Tuesday night,” the 57-year-old said after Spurs’ 5-1 triumph on Sunday.

“It will be a good hit-out for us, a good challenge [as] playing Barcelona away is always a tough challenge.

“It’s a great opportunity for us again to try and implement and a lot of the guys who will play on Tuesday night have had strong pre-seasons, so I’m looking forward to having them out there.

“Then we prepare for Sunday. We’ll get back from Barcelona and we have a good sort of lead into Sunday’s game.”

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With Barca being a side that also presses relentlessly and likes to dominate possession, this evening’s clash will be the first real test of Postecoglou’s approach.

While Spurs will obviously not be fielding their strongest eleven, it will be interesting to see how their game plan works against a side who are more than capable of playing through their press.

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