After a rather successful September, which saw us defeat the likes of Everton, Dortmund, Barnsley, West Ham, APOEL and Huddersfield and score 17 goals in the process. We face the daunting task of Liverpool and Manchester United in the league, whilst also going head to head with Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu.
October is crucial for us, I am personally hoping for at least four points from Man United and Liverpool and despite the fact I think we will come away from the Bernabeu empty handed, our away form continues to debate my original prediction. An additional key aspect of October is about keeping this season’s top performers like Kane, Alli, Vertonghen, Eriksen, Alderweireld and Davies free of any form of injury.
Another interesting topic is the form of Aurier, the Ivorian international arrived as a very attacking fullback and was assumed by most of us as the replacement for Walker. Every player needs time to adapt to the Premier League, from the West Ham game I certainly noticed that he was tested a lot more on the defensive front in comparison to his time in Paris where PSG oftenly had 60-80% possession which allowed him to be an instrumental figure by bombing up and down the right hand flank. Our clash with relegation candidates Bournemouth will provide Serge with another opportunity to put his hand up for the vacant right wing back role.
Unfortunately for Aurier, his competition for this role consists of Kieran Trippier. Trippier notched two assists against Huddersfield whilst also playing a significant role against APOEL in the Champions League midweek. If I were Poch, I would rest key players for the Bournemouth game, as the huge away game against Madrid is two days later. My starting 11 would be.
Trippier Dier Sanchez Vertonghen Davies
Eriksen Kane Alli
This eleven would allow the likes of Alderweireld to take deserved rests, during the Bournemouth match I would expect Aurier to be given at least 30 minutes of the bench as I think he could play a key role against Madrid 48 hours later, I would also try and get Wanyama or Dembele 5 minutes off the bench just to see how they go, however should either midfielders condition deteriorate over coming days the intelligent decision on Poch’s behalf would be to leave them out. Similarly for the crucial clash against Madrid, my eleven would be.
Aurier Alderweireld Sanchez Vertonghen Davies
Dembele (if fit) Wanyama (if fit) or Dier and Sissoko
Eriksen Kane Son
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