Tottenham will travel to Munich to take on Bayern on Wednesday night in what is essentially dead rubber game with both sides having already qualified to the knockout stages of the Champions League and Bayern already sealing top spot in Group B.
New Spurs head coach Jose Mourinho has said that he wants to use the game to give the youngsters at the club an opportunity to show what they can do.
So far into his Tottenham reign, the former Manchester United and Chelsea coach has made very few changes to the starting eleven and has preferred to retain continuity in his starting line ups.
However, the 56-year-old has indicated that the game on Wednesday is one where he is going to switch things up.
When asked if the game was meaningless, Mourinho told Football.London, “Not for me. Not for Tottenham. Not for the objectives, no. Because we are going to finish second. It doesn’t matter the result, but it’s very important for the players. Very important for the players that are going to play.
“It’s very important for me to know them better. I am going to play for sure some of the players that are not playing with me in these matches we are playing.
“It’s a great opportunity for young people. A great opportunity for the development of these young players, the Walker-Peters, the Skipps, the Parrotts, the Sessegnons, all these young players that we have, it’s a great opportunity for them.
“Of course there is the prestige of the club also involved, and we are going to try to go with a team that gives us some guarantees to try to fight for a result that we don’t need, but a result that we want.
Sessegnon is yet to start a game for the club this season after signing from Fulham in the summer while Parrott’s only start so far came in the league cup against Colchester.
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The match will certainly be a great chance for the likes of Skipp and Parrott to show what they can do. It is also a great chance for Mourinho to get a closer look at many of these young players. Hopefully, a couple of them will put in good performances and stake their claim for a starting spot.
One player who was not mentioned by Mourinho was Japhet Tanganga. The central defender trained regularly with the first team under Pochettino and impressed during the club’s pre-season tour. Hopefully, he also gets the chance to play – especially with uncertainty over the futures of Vertonghen and Alderweireld.
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