Postecoglou reaffirms decision as Spurs play just days after final game of the season

Tottenham's upcoming club friendly against Newcastle United has raised some controversy, with its timing coming so close to the end of the season's run of play.
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Though Tottenham's season just concluded over the weekend, with Spurs trouncing Sheffield United 3-0 to claim fifth place and a spot in Europa League football next season, they'll be headed back out onto the pitch this Wednesday to take on Newcastle United in a club friendly hosted in Melbourne, Australia.

The decision to play in a match against that kind of opposition, so shortly after the conclusion of events in league play, was one that sparked considerable controversy on social media and among the Lilywhite fanbase.

Nevertheless, the show will go on, and Tottenham's Aussie manager Ange Postecoglou believes there's not too much to mull over.

Speaking with the press recently, Ange talked about the transparency he maintained with his players when devising the plan for the friendly earlier in the season.

"Look we discussed that [decision] earlier and I think our situation is probably a little different from Newcastle, you know they've had a European season, the Champions League, [but] we haven't... If we were in Europe this year and had a bigger game schedule, I probably would've said no," the manager stated.

Spurs are set to take on The Magpies, a side they've had mixed success against in recent times.

In the first meet up this past season, Spurs walked away with a smooth 4-1 victory, leaving Eddie Howe's side in the dust. However, in the reverse fixture last month, Newcastle found their way to a 4-0 win.

The clash should prove entertaining, especially given the potential for unusual starting XI's as both sides will look to reduce the danger to their already injury riddled rosters.