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Tottenham endured a disappointing Champions League campaign after gathering only 7 points from 6 games in the group stages. They finished 3rd in their group and were relegated to Europa League. But now they have the chance to put things in perspective, as they get ready for Europa League knockout phase.

Spurs have 3 of their players who are still nursing their injuries. Jan Vertonghen and Danny Rose are sure to sit this one out. Kevin Nkodou is still a doubt, as he hasn’t completely recovered from his injury as well.

It is possible that Pochettino may opt for a strong starting XI as it is a great chance for Tottenham to win a trophy. With the league title chase all but over, it would be nice for Spurs to go all out for Europa League, where they have a realistic chance of winning.

Here’s a prediction of the possible Spurs XI that may take the field.

Goalkeeper: Hugo Lloris

Lloris has been an irremovable cog in the Tottenham team and the club captain is a sure starter for Spurs. There is no doubt with this one.

Defence: Kyle Walker; Eric Dier; Toby Alderweireld; Ben Davies

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It will be a direct battle Kieran Trippier and Kyle Walker for the right-back spot. Trippier usually got the nod in the Champions League games. However, Walker will most likely start the game.

Central Midfield: Harry Winks; Victor Wanyama

Harry Winks recently signed a new contract with the club and is a player who has the confidence of his manager. He may get his deserved start, alongside new signing Victor Wanyama, who has been rock solid all season.

Attacking Midfield: Dele Alli

The young England International is an extraordinary asset to have and is one of the finest English talents. He is a goal scoring threat and is very important to the build-up play as well. Alli is almost a certainty to start the game.

The Wings: Son Heung-Min; Christian Eriksen

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Son and Eriksen are the star turns of the Spurs team and are brilliant on the pitch. Eriksen has brought the much-needed character that Tottenham have lacked badly in the past. They look at ease while attacking when these two players are on the pitch.

Striker: Harry Kane

Harry Kane is simply superb and is vital for Tottenham. Maybe he needs to be kept fresh but the fact that Janssen has been in poor form this season might prompt Pochettino to risk playing the Englishman. Use Janssen as a substitute when leading the game comfortably maybe?

 

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“The tackle was nice, eh?” – Mauricio Pochettino hails Eric Dier’s incredible tackle on Sergio Ramos

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Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino believes Eric Dier’s tackle on Sergio Ramos during England’s 3-2 win over Spain was a reflection of what the Argentine has tried to instil at the club.

The Lilywhites have been brilliant under the manager since he took over from Southampton. We are now regulars for a top-four spot and lie a couple of points behind the Premier League leaders after eight games.

Pochettino was quoted by the Guardian as saying:

“The tackle was nice, eh?

“He touched the ball. In England, that’s never a foul. In Europe, it’s different. But to be brave like this – look, Dier is a holding midfielder and he was pressing Sergio Ramos in the penalty area.

“That is the mentality that, from day one at Spurs, we have tried to translate to the players. I feel proud about that. It’s a fantastic attitude, one that we always need to keep pushing.”

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Eric Dier

Dier did get booked for that challenge in Seville but it set the tone for the rest of the game. The manager also spoke about the significance of moments such as the one from Dier.

“The signal that you send to your opponents is important.

“To say: ‘We are not scared of you. We come here and we want to beat you.’

“We can play good or bad but always it’s about the attitude. With different attitudes, sure, the game would be completely different and have different results. With only talent you cannot beat any team. But talent with attitude is everything.”

Tottenham have made a decent start in the league and hopefully, we will be able to carry the same form for the rest of the season.

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We have lost both our games in the Champions League so far, and face a couple of crucial ties against PSV Eindhoven next.

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“I had friends that chose a criminal life” – Tottenham star opens up about how football saved him

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Tottenham attacker Lucas Moura has credited football of saving him from a life of crime in Sao Paulo.

The former Paris Saint-Germain star has found his feet in England, after a tough six months last season, and claimed a number of his friends went down the “bad way.”

Moura was speaking to the Evening Standard and was quoted saying:

“It was very difficult when I was young because there are problems with violence, gangs, guns, drugs – a criminal life.

“I had friends that choose a criminal life. Some of them are in prison and some of them are dead. They chose the bad way.

“I played a lot of football in the street. My dream was to become a footballer – that’s why I didn’t go to the bad way. I always believed I could realise my dream and give another life to my family.”

Moura added that his parents sent him down the right path and that he always wanted to be a footballer and nothing else.

The Brazilian’s form this season saw him earn a recall to the national side. Moura has three goals from eight Premier League games and has been one of the more consistent players for Tottenham.

The 26-year-old was used sparingly by Mauricio Pochettino after joining us in January but believes he can get better.

“The first five months was to adapt to the new life, the new championship, the new coach, a new country, a new club.

“Now I’ve done a pre-season with the team and I understand what the coach expects from me. Here the game is so dynamic, the intensity is so high. I hope I’m a little far from my best. I’m playing well but can do better.”

The Brazilian hasn’t hit the levels that he did during his first few years with PSG but working with Pochettino should help him reach his potential.

Read more: Tottenham target’s manager shoots down rumours of move for £20m star

The season is only a few games in and hopefully, we will see the best of Moura in the coming months.

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Arsenal leading race to sign £50m-rated Tottenham target

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Arsenal are leading the chase to sign AS Roma winger Cengiz Under, according to ForzaRoma (h/t Mirror).

The Turkish youngster joined the Italian side in 2017 and has been one of the most impressive players for the team.

The report claims that the Gunners are leading Tottenham and Bayern Munich for the 21-year-old’s signature. Under has a couple of goals and three assists from eight games this season and played for the Turkish national side during the international break.

The 21-year-old is valued at around £50m (h/t Mirror) and is one of the best youngsters in world football at the moment.

Although Tottenham didn’t bring in new faces in the summer, we can’t rule out transfers in the winter window.

Almost every team will be looking to add quality in the winter window and we should be no different. It will be interesting to see if we continue keeping tabs on the Turkish international as the season progresses.

Tottenham could do with someone of Under’s quality in the team, as he seems ready for Premier League football.

Read more: Tottenham target’s manager shoots down rumours of move for £20m star

The 21-year-old could get even better under the watchful eye of Mauricio Pochettino. The Argentine is one of the best managers in the world, and his record of getting the best out of youngsters could help us land some quality players in January.

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