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Predicted Tottenham Line-up To Face APOEL Nicosia In Champions League

Tottenham Hotspur will conclude their Champions League group stage with a home match against APOEL Nicosia on Wednesday. While Spurs have already reached the knockout stages as group winners, our manager Mauricio Pochettino will be desperate to get back to winning ways after watching his side fail to secure a victory in their last four league games.

Domestically we’ve had a rough time recently but our performances have been very good as far as Europe is concerned. After taking 4 points off defending champions Real Madrid, there are plenty of reasons to be optimistic heading into the next phase of the competition.

Meanwhile, APOEL needs to better Borussia Dortmund’s result against Madrid to be certain of finishing third and securing a place in the Europa League.

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Harry Kane, Spurs’ top-scorer with 16 goals this season, will miss Apoel Nicosia’s visit to Wembley along with midfielders Christian Eriksen, Kieran Trippier and Eric Dier. Hugo Lloris will also be rested for the game.

Tottenham will be without Toby Alderweireld and Victor Wanyama, while Erik Lamela, just back from a long-term hip problem, is ineligible as he was not included in the club’s initial Champions League squad.

However, our gaffer confirmed in the press conference earlier that academy players Kazaiah Sterling and Luke Amos will be part of tomorrow’s matchday squad to face APOEL.

Here’s how Spurs might line up against APOEL on Wednesday:

Manager: Mauricio Pochettino 

Formation: 3-4-2-1

Michel Vorm (GK)

Michel Vorm will start in goal after our manager has confirmed Lloris will be given a much-needed rest.

Juan Foyth (CB)

Juan Foyth is expected to get a rare start. The summer signing has to take this opportunity with open arms.

Davinson Sanchez (CB)

Sanchez was dismissed in the second-half against Watford for elbowing Richarlison, on Saturday. He will miss three games in the domestic arena after Spurs chose not to appeal, but is eligible to play in Europe.

Jan Vertonghen (CB)

Completing the three-man backline for Spurs should be Jan Vertonghen. He hasn’t been all that great in the past few games and needs to step up.

 

Harry Winks (left)

Kyle Walker-Peters (RWB)

The academy product must have waited a lot to get his chance after impressing for Spurs in the first game against Newcastle. He will be raring to go against the Cyprus opponents.

Harry Winks (CM)

After overcoming a minor injury, Winks returned to the bench in the game against Watford. An 86th-minute substitute appearance didn’t do much to the midfielder and he will be eager to start on Wednesday.

Mousa Dembele (CM)

The Belgian powerhouse has had his injury problems lately but came unscathed following the Watford game. With Eriksen out of this fixture, Dembele is sure to start again.

Ben Davies (LWB)

The Welsh international may get the nod ahead of Englishman Danny Rose at the left wing-back position against APOEL.

Dele Alli (RAM)

Poch confirmed Alli will start the game, as the midfielder attempts to regain his form after an unsteady start to the season.

Dele Alli

Son Heung-Min (LAM) 

The South Korean scored the equaliser against Watford and will be confident enough to replicate his fine form.

Fernando Llorente (ST)

With Kane rested, Llorente should be handed a rare start. The former Sevilla man has so far failed to weave his magic for us. Wednesday presents an opportunity for him to deliver the goods.

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Lamela stars: Player ratings from Tottenham’s 2-1 win over Brighton & Hove Albion

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Tottenham got back to winning ways after three successive defeats, thanks to goals from Harry Kane and Erik Lamela.

Glenn Murray handled the ball late in the first half which allowed Kane to score from the spot. The home team came at us with all they had in the second half and Paulo Gazzaniga pulled off a great save before Danny Rose crossed in for Lamela to slot in our second.

Anthony Knockaert pulled one back in stoppage time to make it a nervous last minute or so but we held on for all three points.

There were a few heroes on the pitch today and here are the player ratings from the game.

Paulo Gazzaniga – 6.5/10

The youngster did pretty well and made one good save to deny Knockaert. He couldn’t do much regarding the goal he conceded.

Kieran Trippier – 6/10

Trippier didn’t have the greatest time as he struggled a bit and even got a yellow card for a needless foul.

Toby Alderweireld – 7.5/10

The Belgian had a great chance to score early on and did a great job at keeping things tight for Spurs.

Jan Vertonghen – 7/10

Vertonghen didn’t have a lot to do at the back but he helped us to an important win in the final few minutes of the game.

Danny Rose – 7/10

Rose got the assist for the second goal but didn’t have the greatest of games for us. The Englishman should have done better for the goal we conceded.

Eric Dier – 5.5/10

This was another poor performance from the Englishman as he kept on making the wrong passes and losing possession.

Mousa Dembele – 7/10

The Belgian had a decent outing as his passing was good and kept things ticking for Spurs in the middle of the park.

Son Heung-min – 6/10

This was a quiet outing for the South Korean and he should have done more to help Spurs get all three points.

Christian Eriksen – 6/10

Another player who seemed to be out of touch was Eriksen. He must do a lot more if he is to keep his place in the team.

Lucas Moura – 6.5/10

The Brazilian tried to do things but they weren’t coming off. He did have a role in the second goal and was later subbed by Dele Alli.

Harry Kane – 6.5/10

Kane scored the penalty but couldn’t get another shot away as Brighton did well at keeping him quiet.

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Erik Lamela – 7.5/10

The Argentine changed things as he provided an attacking outlet. He did well for the goal and maybe should start more games.

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Dele Alli – N/A

The Englishman didn’t have a lot of time to make a difference to the game.

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“We need this man in our team” – Some Spurs fans want 21-year-old Lyon midfield tank to join club

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Tanguy Ndombele was linked with a move to Tottenham in the summer, as per Sky Sports. The Lyon midfielder is a quality destroyer in the middle of the park and was at it again last night.

The French side played Manchester City and came out 2-1 winners at the Etihad. While Nabil Fekir starred in the attack, Ndombele was immense in the midfield and did his bit for Lyon.

The 21-year-old Frenchman has played five times for the Ligue 1 club this season and his performance in the Champions League caught the eye of a few Tottenham fans.

Spurs didn’t buy a single player in the offseason and have struggled in recent times, losing their last three games. Ndombele might not help us find the back of the net but he surely can keep the midfield from being overrun.

Some Spurs fans were quick to suggest we needed the 21-year-old while some were irate as to why we didn’t add to the midfield in the summer.

Read more: Pochettino explains the real reason behind leaving out key players for the Inter Milan clash

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“Can I sell mine back”, “God help us” – Some Tottenham fans are dreading facing this club at Wembley

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Tottenham’s Twitter account certainly know how to rile up some of the fans. We just came off a third defeat in a row but the team decided to give an update on the tickets being sold out for the Barcelona game.

We took the lead against Inter and should have wrapped up the three points by managing the game in the final few minutes. Instead, Tottenham allowed the Italians a chance back in the game, thanks to a wonder goal from Mauro Icardi. Subsequently, the players fell asleep defending a corner in the last seconds of the match.

The Catalans will face Spurs at Wembley on 3rd October but we first need to get our season back on track.

Losses against Watford and Liverpool have pushed us six points behind the leaders in the Premier League. Meanwhile, Inter Milan, Barcelona and PSV Eindhoven don’t make for easy reading in our Champions League group.

Our next game is against Brighton & Hove Albion in the Premier League but some of our fans weren’t confident of a quality showing when the Catalans pay a visit.

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