Opinion: Mourinho must use the Bayern Munich game to give these players game time

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Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur have a packed festive schedule, as they do every year playing in the Premier League and Champions League.

Therefore, it comes as a boost that the Lilywhites qualified for the Champions League knockout rounds with a game to spare, unlike last season when it went down to the wire.

Spurs have guaranteed a second spot in the group, with Bayern Munich locking down first place, meaning the last game of the group stage for both teams is meaningless.

Yes, Tottenham will want to restore their pride and get payback for the 7-2 embarrassment they suffered at home, but Mourinho should be smart and rest his first-team.

Instead, he can view the game as a free match in which he can test out players he has been unable to see so far.

Giovani Lo Celso has only had one cameo under the new manager so far, while Ryan Sessegnon hasn’t been seen at all. Both should start in this game.

Troy Parrott and Japhet Tanganga should also be given starts against the German champions to test them at the top level.

Beyond this, players such as Juan Foyth, Kyle Walker-Peters, and Oliver Skipp should also be given a run-out by the new manager, perhaps Eriksen too.

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