Nuno Espirito Santo has revealed that none of the starting XI that defeated Newcastle United at St James’ Park at the weekend will travel to the Netherlands.
Tottenham fly out to play against Vitesse Arnhem in the Europa Conference League on Thursday evening as they look to retain their spot at the top of Group G.
However, Nuno will look to do so without Hugo Lloris, Emerson Royal, Cristian Romero, Eric Dier, Sergio Reguilon, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Oliver Skipp, Tanguy Ndombele, Heung-min Son, Lucas Moura, or Harry Kane.
The Spurs head coach started those eleven players against the Magpies and chose not to make any substitutions, meaning they all played the entire 90 minutes.
Alasdair Gold revealed this morning that none of the above eleven were spotted in training ahead of the trip to the Netherlands.
It appears that Nuno is going to place his trust in the fringe players, perhaps with the fixture against West Ham United at the weekend in mind.
On the risk of leaving key players behind, Nuno said: “No it’s not about that [not caring about the competition]. If you’re always thinking about the risk you cannot decide. It’s about trying to analyse and seeing what’s best for us this week and next week when we have another midweek game. We respect all competitions.”
Spurs Web Opinion:
Splitting the squad in half makes perfect sense here. If the Spurs fringe players are not good enough to beat Vitesse away from home, well that is Tottenham’s fault. We have more than enough quality to get the job done.
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