Tottenham Hotspur: Is this the young team Spurs could name against Manchester City, which will make Liverpool fans rage?
Tottenham Hotspur’s incredible Champions League quarter-final victory over Manchester City may have come at a cost.
Already without Harry Kane, Eric Dier, Serge Aurier, Harry Winks, and Erik Lamela, manager Mauricio Pochettino also lost Moussa Sissoko to injury, a groin issue forcing him off in the first half at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday.
Spurs somehow managed to make it through the match, dropping Dele Alli into a deeper role and using Fernando Llorente as a target man, where the Spaniard made a vital contribution with their ‘winning’ goal in the tie, despite being relatively poor when he took to the field.
With Sissoko being assessed and unlikely to play, or start at least, Pochettino now must make some big decisions which could ultimately alter the course of the Premier League title.
Liverpool’s run-in leaves them as favourites, just, but should City get revenge on Tottenham Hotspur, the ball would firmly be in Pep Guardiola’s court.
The Reds and the Anfield faithful, though, may fear the team Spurs might turn out on Saturday afternoon as they possibly rotate.
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First of all, with Sissoko out, along with Winks, and possibly Dier too, Oliver Skipp may be given his biggest test yet.
The teenage central midfielder was heavily involved around December and January, starting two Premier League games and making five substitute appearances in total but is highly-rated, despite his inexperience at 18 years old.
His scuttling performances, could be aided with the friendly face of fellow younger star Kyle Walker-Peters, who seems a shoo-in to play given Kieran Trippier seems to be playing through the pain with a groin issue.
Walker-Peters is a favourite amongst fans, with many feeling he hasn’t had the chances he should have this season, although conceding the free-kick against Southampton which condemned Spurs to defeat earlier this year lost him some admirers.
Juan Foyth is also likely to get his biggest test but as part of a back-three in a rotated backline and while his ball-playing can get him into trouble he’s got the potential to throw in a superb display.
And with Heung-Min Son and Lucas Moura running themselves into the ground, one might get rested for the match with Brighton – and this could see Irish starlet Troy Parrott make a Premier League debut, although this is the most unlikely of the changes.
You can see the XI we’ve predicted could make an appearance but give Spurs have a top four spot on the line too there is still a chance Pochettino will squeeze every last drop out of his star men on Saturday.
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