After the elation of the last Premier League match – that 4-0 drubbing of Stoke – Spurs were cruelly brought back to earth with that 1-2 defeat to Monaco in the Champions League.
Big question now is – how will the team respond? Manager Mauricio Pochettino did not mince his words when he said that the team lacked passion and intensity in midweek and it remains to be seen how the team reacts.
Problem is, that key players still looked sluggish against Monaco, notably Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen. Also, whilst Dele Alli is equally comfortable playing in deep central midfield, his greatest strength is supporting Kane upfront.
So with the return of Moussa Dembele from suspension and the growing match fitness of Moussa Sissoko, not to mention the fact that Victor Wanyama has been a league regular thus far – is there a selection dilemma for Pochettino now?
The tricky question is Eriksen – quite good against Stoke but missing otherwise so far this season. However, I just cannot see Pochettino dropping Eriksen in favour of Sissoko, for example. Stoke hero Son, sadly, reverted to type in midweek, fluffing his lines at the crucial moment and will probably pay the price.
In this context, with Rose still injured, it will probably be ‘tried-and-tested’ for Pochettino for his lineup.
Lloris, Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier, Dembele, Lamela, Eriksen, Alli, Kane.
With an array of possibilities on the bench, it will be intriguing.
We cannot see anything other than a Spurs win, just a question of how many goals.
Prediction: 3-0 to Spurs.
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