Predicted Tottenham line-up to face AS Roma in the International Champions Cup
Tottenham Hotspur are set to face AS Roma in San Diego as our club lays the foundations for the upcoming Premier League campaign. We face Roma and then play Barcelona and AC Milan.
Spurs have a lot of players yet to return from their World Cup exertions and their absence has left Mauricio Pochettino with a severely depleted squad heading into the pre-season tour. Hopefully, these fixtures will be exciting and our youngsters get a chance to showcase their talent.
With Tottenham set to miss a host of stars for the friendly tournament, let us have a look how Spurs could line up against the Serie A giants.
Probable Tottenham XI
Manager: Mauricio Pochettino
Michel Vorm (GK)
With our first-choice goalkeeper Hugo Lloris enjoying a much-needed break after winning the World Cup, veteran Michel Vorm is expected to start in goal. We could also see our third-choice goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga in action after the break against Roma.
Serge Aurier (RB)
Cameron Carter-Vickers (CB)
Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen’s are yet to return from holidays, while Juan Foyth’s injury means Cameron Carter-Vickers could get a chance to start against Roma. This is a fantastic opportunity for the young defender to step up and impress our gaffer.
Davinson Sanchez (CB)
Sanchez had a good World Cup and will likely partner Carter-Vickers in central defence.
Ben Davies (LB)
Davies is our club’s regular fixture and should start the game at San Diego’s Qualcomm Stadium.
Victor Wanyama (CM)
Wanyama had an injury-plagued past campaign and will be itching to make a mark in the pre-season tour.
Moussa Sissoko (CM)
Pochettino trusts Sissoko a lot and the French midfielder has a chance to repay our gaffer’s faith in the pre-season friendlies.
Erik Lamela (RW)
Starting on the right-wing should be Erik Lamela, who recently extended his contract with our club. Lamela has had his fair share of injury problems but can we finally see his best this season?
Georges-Kevin N’Koudou (LW)
Georges-Kevin N’Koudou has not played much for our club since joining in 2016 and this pre-season tour could be the last chance for him to prove himself. He can still be successful and it would be wrong to write him off.
Christian Eriksen (CAM)
The magician of our team, Eriksen would look to raise his bar this season and deliver beyond expectations as we look to challenge for the title.
Kazaiah Sterling (ST)
Kazaiah Sterling has been a big hit in the club’s Under-23 side and even made his senior appearance last season, with a substitute cameo in the Champions League group stages against APOEL Nicosia. A strong pre-season for the 19-year-old can surely put himself in contention for more senior appearances in the upcoming season.