Battling Foxes to meet Spurs in Bangkok
published : 17 May 2023 at 04:07
newspaper section: Sports
writer: Bangkok Post and AFP
Thai-owned Leicester City, who are fighting to stay in the Premier League, will play Tottenham Hotspur in Bangkok in July, in one of a series of top-flight European football exhibition matches that will take place across Asia.
Leicester currently sit 19th in the English top flight, following a 3-0 loss to Liverpool on Monday night.
With only two matches left, they will need at least one victory -- and some luck in the form of losses by other strugglers -- to avoid being relegated.
The friendly on July 23 in Bangkok will be held at Rajamangala National Stadium, the Foxes announced on their website.
This season has been a big disappointment for Leicester, owned by Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha of King Power duty-free firm.
They shocked the football world by winning the Premier League title in 2016. They also won the FA Cup in 2021.
European giants Manchester City, Liverpool and Bayern Munich will also travel to Asia this summer.
Pep Guardiola's City will play his former side Bayern and Japanese champions Yokohama F Marinos in friendlies in Tokyo.
City will face Marinos on July 23 before taking on Bayern three days later, with both games taking place at Tokyo's National Stadium.
Bayern will also play J-League side Kawasaki Frontale before travelling to Singapore to take on Liverpool on Aug 2.
Juergen Klopp's Liverpool will play two games in the city state, also squaring off against Leicester on July 30.
Spurs will face West Ham in Perth on July 18, before travelling to Bangkok to play Leicester on July 23.
They round their tour off with a game against former coach Jose Mourinho's Roma in Singapore on July 26.
Newly crowned Spanish champions Barcelona are also coming to Asia.
They face Andres Iniesta's Vissel Kobe in Tokyo on June 6.
Scottish champions Celtic also visit Japan this summer.
- Leicester City