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Fernando Llorente to keep his place? – Predicted Tottenham line-up to face Chelsea in Carabao Cup second leg semi-final



Harry Winks and Danny Rose of Tottenham

Harry Winks and Danny Rose

Tottenham hold a 1-0 lead from the first leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final against Chelsea. The Lilywhites have been hampered by injuries since that game as Harry Kane and Dele Alli are guaranteed to miss the second leg against the Blues.

Moussa Sissoko and Lucas Moura are further doubts for the clash while Son Heung-min is away on international duty.

Mauricio Pochettino tweaked his formation in the win over Fulham, and the Argentine has to make a big decision on who leads the line.

Fernando Llorente didn’t cover himself in glory as he scored an own goal. Kazaiah Sterling could play a few minutes, but this game could be too big for him to start.

Spurs have a great chance of picking up silverware this season, and here is the predicted line-up for the Lilywhites.

Predicted Tottenham XI

Formation: 3-4-2-1

Manager: Mauricio Pochettino

Paulo Gazzaniga (GK)

Hugo Lloris did a great job in the previous game but Gazzaniga has played all our Carabao Cup games, and the Argentine should start on Thursday.

Davinson Sanchez (CB)

The Colombian struggled to deal with Ryan Babel’s pace in the previous game, however, he should keep his place in the team in a back three.

Jan Vertonghen (CB)

Vertonghen is one of the keys to us winning the game as Spurs need to ensure that Chelsea don’t score.

Toby Alderweireld (CB)

The other key in defence. Alderweireld has been our most consistent player, and the Belgian needs to keep the Blues from scoring.

Kieran Trippier (RWB)

Trippier has struggled in recent weeks and his mistakes have cost us a few points. However, the Englishman should keep his place in the team ahead of Kyle Walker-Peters.

Eric Dier (CM)

It was fantastic seeing Dier play some minutes against Fulham on Sunday. Tottenham are a little light on midfielders and the Englishman should start against Chelsea.

Harry Winks (CM)

Winks was the hero for Tottenham against Fulham, and the Englishman’s industry will be important in Spurs controlling the game.

Ben Davies (LWB)

The Welshman doesn’t give as much in attack as Rose, but we should see him start ahead of the Englishman.

Christian Eriksen (RAM)

Eriksen will be tasked with creating chances for Tottenham. His link-up play with the striker could be crucial in us winning the tie.

Erik Lamela of Tottenham

Erik Lamela of Tottenham

Erik Lamela (LAM)

Lamela has had some great games for Spurs this season, and the team needs him to perform against Chelsea now.

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Fernando Llorente (ST)

The Spaniard struggled against the Cottagers but he could keep his place in the side as Moura inches towards full fitness.


Tottenham interested in 17-year-old goalkeeper who impressed against U23s



Tottenham interested in 17-year-old goalkeeper Joe Walsh

Tottenham are one of several clubs interested in Gillingham goalkeeper Joe Walsh, according to the Evening Times.

The report claims that Celtic are also tracking the 17-year-old who recently signed a new deal with Gillingham.

Walsh is contracted with the club till 2022 and recently featured for the U23s against Tottenham.

Tottenham U21s
The Tottenham U21s after defeating Colchester (Image credit: Getty)

RB Leipzig, Manchester City and Everton are also keeping tabs on the teen, and the report claims that Spurs’ scouts were impressed by Walsh.

Tottenham’s goalkeeping issues

Tottenham face a bit of an issue currently with Hugo Lloris out till 2020.

The Spurs captain dislocated his elbow in the loss to Brighton and has been replaced by Paulo Gazzaniga in between the sticks.

Michel Vorm was re-signed just months after leaving Tottenham as a free agent.

It will be interesting to see what happens with the goalkeeping department in the coming months.

Dele Alli
Dele Alli with Paulo Gazzaniga after the 1-1 draw against Watford (Image credit: Getty)

Lloris has made mistakes in the past, but the Frenchman is one of the most experienced players in the Premier League.

Gazzaniga has done well in place of the Tottenham captain, but we can still do with more quality in the goalkeeping department.

Vorm may not get many games this season and should be seen as a stop-gap until Lloris is back from his injury.

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Spurs need to improve their results too as they could miss out on Champions League football next season.

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“My goal is to be ready for January” – Injured Tottenham star provides update as rehab continues



Hugo Lloris confident of Tottenham return in January

Tottenham captain Hugo Lloris is expecting to return to action in January and is positive about his time away from football.

The 32-year-old dislocated his elbow in the 3-0 loss to Brighton in October and had to undergo surgery recently too.

Lloris is expected to be out till 2020, but the Frenchman is confident he will be back in January.

Hugo Lloris
Hugo Lloris during a training session (Image credit: Tottenham Twitter)

The World Cup winner was speaking to French outlet M6 and added he would be back to his best (h/t

“Everything is well. There can always be hazards, but my goal is to be ready for January.

“Whether it’s the beginning, the middle or the end, I don’t know. In any case, I’ll take time to make sure I’m well healed and that I can come back in top form.”

The Frenchman added that he was using this time to “regenerate” himself. Lloris also was spending more time with his family and was looking forward to getting the right rehab too:

“I’m in good hands and we’re moving forward calmly. Everything’s been done as it should have been. Now, we have to focus on rehabilitation, strengthening, gradually gaining mobility and confidence.”

Lloris should take his time to return

The 32-year-old doesn’t need to rush his return as we have a decent back-up at the moment.

Dele Alli
Dele Alli with Paulo Gazzaniga after the 1-1 draw against Watford (Image credit: Getty)

Paulo Gazzaniga was impressive in the previous campaign when he took over from Lloris. The Argentine has been good this season too and has put in some excellent performances too.

Lloris should only return to the side when he is 100% healed and ready for first-team action.

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The injury he sustained seemed to be a serious one, and all precautions need to be taken before bringing the captain back.

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Levy keeping tabs on three managers as Poch under pressure ahead of West Ham game



Daniel Levy keeping tabs on three managers as possible replacements for Mauricio Pochettino

Tottenham’s season hasn’t gone to plan this time around as we lie 14th in the Premier League.

Spurs haven’t pushed on from the Champions League final from last season, and have lost a lot of ground in the race for the top four.

We have also exited the Carabao Cup in the first round to Colchester and lost 7-2 to Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

Giovani Lo Celso
Giovani Lo Celso with Mauricio Pochettino (L) against Red Star Belgrade (Image credit: Getty)

Tottenham are also without a win in their last five Premier League games, and the Telegraph (h/t Express) claims that Mauricio Pochettino could be sacked if we don’t beat West Ham.

The report claims that Daniel Levy is reluctant to pay Pochettino’s £12.5m compensation fee, but is keeping tabs on three managers.

Bournemouth’s Eddie Howe is one candidate as the Englishman has brought the Cherries up from the lower leagues to the Premier League.

RB Leipzig manager Julian Nagelsmann is another option, and his new team have done well in his first season in charge.

The third option, according to the report, is England manager Gareth Southgate.

Gareth Southgate
Gareth Southgate led England to the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup (Image credit: Getty)

Tottenham have other options too

Sacking Pochettino midway through the season could also see other managers take up the role.

The report adds that Max Allegri and Jose Mourinho are free agents in the manager market.

Allegri left Juventus at the start of the season and was replaced by Maurizio Sarri while Mourinho hasn’t managed since the Red Devils sacked him last year.

Pochettino is still one of the best in the business but he needs to turn our season around fast.

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We are 11 points behind fourth-placed Manchester City and need to go on a winning run to close that gap down.

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Man United could scupper Tottenham’s £50m pursuit of this 11-goal attacker



Manchester United could scupper Tottenham’s move for Memphis Depay

Manchester United could block Tottenham’s hopes of signing Memphis Depay, according to the Sun.

Tottenham have been linked with a £50million move for the Dutch attacker as they are struggling in 14th place in the league (h/t Sun).

Depay has been in great form for Lyon, having scored 11 goals this season. However, the Ligue 1 giants have confirmed that United have the first option to buy their former star (h/t Sun).

Memphis Depay
Memphis Depay in action for the Netherlands (Image credit: Getty)

The Dutch international couldn’t make it at Old Trafford and joined Lyon in 2017 for a fee of £16m (h/t Sun).

Lyon don’t want to sell Depay

Lyon claim that Depay is happy at the club and wants to extend his stay beyond 2021 (h/t Sun).

However, they are also struggling in Ligue 1 and that could tempt the 25-year-old to return to Old Trafford in January (h/t Sun).

Manchester United have also struggled with consistency this season and lie seventh, nine points off fourth-placed Manchester City.

Giovani Lo Celso
Giovani Lo Celso with Mauricio Pochettino (L) against Red Star Belgrade (Image credit: Getty)

The Red Devils are also interested in signing a forward in January (h/t Sun), and it will be interesting to see if Depay is on the move then.

The Lyon certainly has reinvigorated his career in Lyon and could do a decent job for any top club in the world.

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He has become a regular for the national side too, and Spurs could move for him if United don’t use their clause (h/t Sun).

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