Jose Mourinho has revealed that he will play a strong side in the EFL quarterfinal against Stoke City tomorrow but admitted that there will be some changes from the team that played in recent Premier League matches against Liverpool and Leicester City.
Tottenham have a few injury concerns going into the tie on Wednesday, with reports revealing that Giovani Lo Celso is not likely to be fit after being withdrawn in the second half against Leicester, while Japhet Tanganga is also unlikely to recover in time.
It has also been suggested that Gareth Bale could be rested after playing 45 minutes against the Foxes on Sunday.
Mourinho has often tended to play two completely different sides in the Premier League and Europa League this season.
However, the Spurs boss has admitted that he will field a mixture of first-team players and squad players for the clash at the bet365 stadium.
When asked if it will be more of a Premier League team or a Europa League team, Mourinho told Football.London: “I think a mixture. I think we need some players who need to play and deserve to play.
“From the ones that are playing more times, others where we don’t have great options to make changes and have to keep them.
“But I will try to give a little bit of a rest to two or three.”
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There will likely be rotation in the full-back areas and I can potentially see Winks coming in for Sissoko. However, I fully expect the likes of Lloris, Dier, Ndombele, Son and Kane to start the match tomorrow. I do not think Mourinho will risk fielding too many fringe players since it is a knockout game with a place in the semifinals at stake.
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