German icon Franz Beckenbauer has lavished the praise on Premier League outfit Tottenham Hotspur by saying that the facilities of the North London club have amazed him a lot.
The former Bayern Munich defender was speaking ahead of the friendly game between Tottenham and Real Madrid. Both clubs have a lot of history especially in terms of player movement. Two former Tottenham players – Gareth Bale and Luka Modric – form the core of Madrid’s team. Both these players came to the club with a lot of potential but became world-class players during their few years at White Hart Lane.
One of the reasons appears to have been the facilities available at North London. These are only expected to improve when Tottenham move to the new stadium in a few years. The club’s current White Hart Lane has a capacity of just over 35,000. The new stadium is almost expected to double this capacity with reports suggesting that it will be slightly bigger than the Emirates stadium of Arsenal, which can hold 60,000. Tottenham have always had a great history in terms of developing young players and this can only improve in the coming years with the facilities available according to Beckenbauer.
“I think Tottenham is one of the most exciting clubs in the whole world. It will be an exciting match because I think you (Spurs) have an advantage because you start the season earlier. It’s fantastic to have a test like this, because the new season starts after the Audi Cup so therefore it’s a real test,” said the former Bayern Munich and Germany manager. Most of the pre-season friendly matches for Spurs in the summer has been indoors, but the test against the Spanish club will be massively important for Mauricio Pochettino’s team as they prepare for the new campaign.