Chris Sutton makes big Spurs claim ahead of Champions League final

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Tottenham Hotspur are now just four days away from what is potentially the biggest night in the history of the football club.

Spurs are set to take to the pitch in their first ever Champions League final on June 1 in Madrid, as they face off against fellow Premier League side Liverpool.

Liverpool have now been in back-to-back CL finals, as well as pushing Man City close for the Premier League title, so go into the match as favourites.

However, both sides have their own Cinderella story from the semis, as they each turned around a 3-0 deficit to qualify by the skin of their teeth.

Spurs were without star striker Harry Kane in Amsterdam when they pulled off the impossible against Ajax, but the forward has declared himself fit and ready for the final (BBC).

It remains to be seen whether Pochettino picks him or not, but former player Chris Sutton believes that Kane should be benched.

He said (Daily Mail): ‘Harry Kane should not start the Champions League final. It is simply too much of a risk for Tottenham in such a monumental match and manager Mauricio Pochettino must make a sensible decision rather than a sentimental one.

‘Common sense must prevail. No matter what Kane says, there have to be doubts over his fitness.

‘I can understand why Kane is putting himself forward and telling his manager he wants to play. What club captain wouldn’t?

‘But Pochettino has to ask himself: would Kane’s inclusion in the starting line-up be in the best interest of the team?

‘I don’t think it would. Who would Pochettino drop to make room for Kane too? Lucas Moura, whose hat-trick against Ajax in the semi-final second leg got them to this showdown with Liverpool?

‘Son Heung-min, the versatile forward who has arguably been Spurs’ best player this season? Neither of those should be making way.’

Spurs Web Opinion:

If Kane truly is 100% fit then start him. If he is anything but fully fit, then have him on the bench as an impact sub. In my opinion, it really should be as simple as that for Pochettino. Spurs have other in-form players who can fill the gap, and goals should not be a worry with Son, Alli, Eriksen, and Moura in the side.

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