On Thursday Spurs have the opportunity to guarantee their place in the knockout stages and, depending on the other group game result in Norway, could even become group champions with two games remaining. As group champions, AVB’s squad would put themselves in theoretically the best position possible for the knockout draw.
This has not come without cost to the squad. The curse of the Spurs’ left back struck twice in Europa. After starting the season so strongly Danny Rose has picked up an injury from which he is still recovering. Fryers also couldn’t last the game against Sheriff but at least that does not appear to be too serious.
This game against Sheriff needs to regarded as an absolute ‘must win’ game. Confirming qualification has to be done so that attention can be focused on the Premier League. The final two Europa League group games are followed three days later by tough home games against Man Utd and Liverpool respectively.
If AVB is able to rest his strongest XI for those two Europa games then logically he will stand an improved chance to gain 6 very important points from both Premier League games.
Having qualified AVB will also be able to rotate the squad in his remaining games and that should hopefully help with bringing players like, amongst others, Capoue, Adebayor and Rose back to match fitness giving him more options in the squad.
Thursday night’s game is a must win – COYS!!
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