It’s a tricky predicted XI this week with Tottenham’s growing list of first team injuries. The likes of Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen, Jan Vertonghen, Mousa Dembele, Michel Vorm and Serge Aurier are all confirmed out for the fixture (as reported by The Telegraph).
This is a huge blow for Spurs, particularly as a number of these players were a huge part of Spurs’ 3-1 thumping of Madrid at Wembley last season.
Dembele ran the midfield, Jan was a rock at the back, Eriksen scored a goal and dictated play, and Dele Alli turned up with a brace.
Spurs have however confirmed that Hugo Lloris will start the match in goal, with Paulo Gazzaniga dropping to the bench.
Winks and Wanyama are likely to come into the midfield, as they did at half time against Huddersfield to great affect.
We believe that Pochettino will prefer a solid back three against the Spanish giants, with Eric Dier given the nod at the far left of the three, ahead of Ben Davies who plays there regularly for Wales.
Toby Alderweireld and Davinson Sanchez should slot in next to Dier.
Danny Rose and Kieran Trippier will keep their starting places after each racking up an assist at the weekend.
The front three should also remain unchanged, with Lucas and Son providing some added pace and width to Kane’s lethal strikes.
There is a chance that Poch will go more attacking and move Dier into midfield, with Lamela in ahead of Wanyama, but it would be a brave call.
One last note, don’t be too surprised to see Eriksen involved at some point, he was tipped to be fit earlier in the week by The Independent, and you never know, it could be a ploy to keep Barca guessing.
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