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Predicted Tottenham Lineup To Face Manchester United

Tottenham Hotspur lost their way in the race to the title when they failed to take even a single point against local rivals West Ham in the previous round. They have to keep winning to keep up with Chelsea but the Blues can run away with the title, even before the Spurs kick a ball this weekend.

So this trip to White Hart Lane for Manchester United might not mean a lot for either team. United are now resolved to winning the Europa League for Champions League qualification while Spurs have little to play for if Chelsea beat West Brom on Friday night. However, both teams will fight for nothing less than a victory.

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Tottenham have no new injury issues ahead of this game. Erik Lamela and Harry Winks are not expected to be back in action anytime soon.

Probable Tottenham Playing XI

Formation: 4-2-3-1

Manager: Mauricio Pochettino

GK – Hugo Lloris

The French star has been in impeccable form for Tottenham and has been a regular starter under Pochettino this season.

RB – Kyle Walker

Though he has had problems with the manager recently, Walker is important to the plans of the club and should start this game at right back.

CB – Toby Alderweireld

The Belgian defender is one of the best in the league at the moment but will have to be at his best against the likes of Rashford.

CB – Jan Vertonghen

Toby’s partner in crime at the back, Vertonghen has also been solid for Spurs and will hope to keep United away from their goal.

LB – Ben Davies

With Danny Rose still not back in training, Davies is expected to keep his place on the left-hand side of the defence.

CM – Eric Dier

Though Wanyama has been brilliant, Pochettino should go with Dier to add some threat in front of goal from the midfield.

CM – Mousa Dembele

Partnering Dier in the midfield should be Dembele who will be in charge of the creative work from a deeper role.

RW – Christian Eriksen

The Danish star has been in terrific form of late for Tottenham and will be a danger man for Spurs in this game.

CAM – Dele Alli

The young playmaker had a tough time against West Ham in the previous round and will be raring to take on the Red Devils this weekend.

LW – Heung-Min Son

With Sissoko and Janssen not showing enough promise, and Lamela being injured, Pochettino has had no option but to use Son regularly on the left flank.

ST – Harry Kane

The biggest threat to United and their centre backs will be the English striker Harry Kane, who is capable of winning this game on his own.

This is how Tottenham might line up:

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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.

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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.

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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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