Ange Postecoglou has admitted that he will name a completely different starting eleven against Barcelona this evening compared to the one that took to the field against Shakhtar Donetsk on Sunday.
Postecoglou would have been pleased with what he saw from his side against Shakhtar, with the Lilywhites putting the away side under relentless pressure and fashioning chance after chance.
With little over 48 hours between the Shakhtar and Barca clashes, it was always to be expected that Postecoglou would ring the changes, and the Tottenham head coach has indeed confirmed that a completely different eleven will take to the field.
Postecoglou will make changes against Barcelona
Postecoglou added that he is looking forward to seeing how his team fares against the La Liga giants, remarking that a lot of the players who will be playing this evening have had strong pre-seasons.
The 57-year-old told Spurs Play following his side’s 5-1 win on Sunday: “We’ve got training tomorrow (Monday), we’ll probably change the whole team for Tuesday night.
“It will be a good hit-out for us, a good challenge [as] playing Barcelona away is always a tough challenge.
“It’s a great opportunity for us again to try and implement and a lot of the guys who will play on Tuesday night have had strong pre-seasons, so I’m looking forward to having them out there.
“Then we prepare for Sunday. We’ll get back from Barcelona and we have a good sort of lead into Sunday’s game.”
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With Barca being a side that also presses relentlessly and likes to dominate possession, this evening’s clash will be the first real test of Postecoglou’s approach.
While Spurs will obviously not be fielding their strongest eleven, it will be interesting to see how their game plan works against a side who are more than capable of playing through their press.
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