Cristian Stellini has named his Tottenham Hotspur side which will take to the field in this evening’s Premier League clash against Everton.
The Italian leads Tottenham for the first time since being handed the head coach position for the remainder of the season after Antonio Conte’s departure which came in the wake of his heated post-match comments at Southampton.
Stellini insisted at Friday’s pre-match press conference that the club are not in the midst of a crisis following the exit of Conte, which was also compounded by Fabio Paratici’s confirmed leave of absence in the wake of FIFA’s decision.
He told ESPN: “A bit chaotic but we have big shoulders to consider this type of situation. We had an international break and that helped because we had time to think about everything and then the club, everyone of us has to take a decision and the decision was taken for the best of everyone.
“It is not a club in crisis, absolutely not because everyone took the decision for the best. When you follow the process, you are not in crisis and if we have some matters, we have to be compact, we have to stick together, go ahead, continue to move on and play the match.
“It important for us to play matches, try to win matches and show our desire. This is what we do normally. We cannot not be aware of the decision that the club takes but we can be focused only on the pitch. This is our job. So, we are not confused. We are focused on our job.”
Spurs are unbeaten in their last nine visits to Everton while the Toffees have won just one of the last 20 Premier League meetings between the teams, with Tottenham keeping more clean sheets against them (24) than any other opponents.
This is who takes to the field under the lights of Goodison Park this evening:
Everton: Pickford, Coleman, Keane, Tarkowski, Godfrey, Iwobi, Doucoure, Gueye, Onana, McNeil, Gray
Spurs: Lloris, Porro, Romero, Dier, Lenglet, Perisic, Skipp, Hojbjerg, Kulusevski, Son, Kane
Your starting XI this evening 👊
Lloris returns to captain the side © pic.twitter.com/lnGKSzX5n0
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) April 3, 2023
Spurs fans will be expecting their side not only to pick up three points, but also to adopt a more attack-minded style of play which was lacking under Conte.
Admittedly, Stellini’s hands have been tied to a set degree with his team selection due to the number of injuries within the ranks, but, there are no excuses if the club want to finish in the top four.
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