It will be particularly difficult to assess the readiness of Mauricio Pochettino's Tottenham side when they take on Juventus and Atletico Madrid in the International Champions Cup on Tuesday and Friday, respectively, given the majority of the squad's stars have been left at home.
Yet there will be various players, battles and issues to keep an eye on. Indeed, the absence of so many first-team players arguably heightens the interest and provides more talking points.
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Tottenham's arrival on Saturday was a low-key affair with little of the frenzied welcome that often greets Premier League teams travelling overseas. Just as well, because fans and media alike would have struggled to recognise many of Spurs' 24-man group.
Ten youngsters aged 17-20 and without a first-team appearance between them made the trip, along with DeAndre Yedlin, Harry Winks and Joshua Onomah, none of whom have made a league start for the club.
Some people are never happy. Usually at this time of year, Tottenham fans are tearing their hair out at the club's reluctance to strike early in the transfer window. Now many fans are grumbling Spurs have been buying the wrong players.
While many of the top Premier League clubs have been making big name, big money signings, Spurs have bought Victor Wanyama, Vincent Janssen and have all but concluded the deal to bring Marseille winger, Georges-Kevin N'Koudou, to White Hart Lane.
Tottenham will return to the Champions League for the first time since the 2010-11 campaign, and manager Mauricio Pochettino faces a challenge to improve on last season's third-place finish. ESPN FC's Dan Kilpatrick outlines five factors Pochettino must consider before the new season:
1. Keep calm and carry on
This summer's prevailing mood of global gloom has, oddly, extended to premonitions about Tottenham's hopes for the new season. Despite making promising signings with uncharacteristic...
The International Champions Cup tournament kicks off on Friday as Manchester United face Borussia Dortmund in Shanghai (8 a.m. ET, ESPN3 & ESPN Deportes). All in all, the summer tournament (full schedule here) will feature six Premier League teams. Here are a few things to look out for from the English contingent.
Will the Conte effect be in evidence already?
One can only imagine what was going through a few Chelsea players' minds when watching Antonio Conte storm up and down the touchline...