Should Spurs stick or twist against Bournemouth with Champions League glory within reach?

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Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspurs qualified for their first ever Champions League final this season after they defeated Manchester City in dramatic style over two legs.

Spurs then took on Ajax in the semis themselves, although they fell to a 1-0 home loss in the first leg.

Tottenham must now travel to the Netherlands and get a win away to Ajax in order to have any chance of reaching the Champions League final.

Spurs would need to either win 1-0 away and then go on to defeat Ajax over extra-time or penalties, or simply win the match in normal time by scoring two or more goals.

However, with Tottenham’s squad hit by injury and fatigue, Pochettino will have a decision to make this weekend, with an away trip to Bournemouth in the Premier League in the calendar.

Harry Kane, Harry Winks, Erik Lamela, and Serge Aurier are all out injured (Physio Room), while Moussa Sissoko has only just returned and Jan Vertonghen suffered a nasty head injury against Ajax in the week.

Ideally, Poch would like to have a full week to rest, repair, and prepare for one of the most important nights in the clubs history, however, Bournemouth sit in the way of that.

So, should Pochettino stick or twist? Should he rest players or should he prioritise getting top four and the Champions League for next season?

A win for Spurs would secure a top-four spot, while anything else could see the race come down to the final day.

I would argue that the whole point of finishing in the top four is to qualify for and compete in the Champions League, and so the European competition should be prioritised as a result.

I would rest the likes of Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Eriksen, Son, and Sissoko for the Ajax away leg.

If Spurs win against the Cherries anyway, then great. If they lose, they have another chance to seal a top-four spot at home to Everton the week after.

A chance of a Champions League final only comes around so often, and I believe Spurs should risk it all and go for glory.

What do you think?

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