4 Key Men Missing For Pochettino | Tottenham Team News & Expected XI vs Inter Milan
Here is the latest team news and expected line-up ahead of Tottenham’s Champions League clash with Inter Milan on Tuesday night.
Tottenham will be looking to bring home a positive result when they kick off their Champions League campaign against Inter Milan at the San Siro on Tuesday night.
Mauricio Pochettino has been speaking to the media at his pre-match press conference in Italy this evening and he’s provided a team news and injury update ahead of the game.
The Spurs boss revealed some surprise news after confirming that centre-back Toby Alderweireld and right-back Kieran Trippier will miss the game tomorrow night after being left back in north London.
Pochettino says it was a ‘technical decision’ to leave the defensive duo at home and refused to elaborate further when pressed on whether it was due to their performances during Tottenham’s 2-1 defeat to Liverpool at the weekend.
Spurs will continue to be without number one goalkeeper Hugo Lloris as he’s still nursing a thigh injury that’s kept him out of the last two matches while Dele Alli is also ruled out with a hamstring injury that he picked up while away with England earlier this month.
Moussa Sissoko is another absentee as the French midfielder remains out with his own hamstring complaint while Juan Foyth and George-Kevin Nkoudou aren’t eligible as they weren’t included in Tottenham’s Champions League squad.
#thfc Trippier & Alderweireld have not travelled to Milan. A 'technical decision' says Pochettino before repeatedly refusing to elaborate.
Foyth, GKN are not in CL squad. Alli, Lloris & Sissoko are still injured.
— Dan Kilpatrick (@Dan_KP) September 17, 2018
With Lloris still missing, Michel Vorm is expected to continue between the sticks against Inter Milan while Davinson Sanchez is set to be recalled in place of Alderweireld alongside Jan Vertonghen in the middle of defence.
Serge Aurier should come in for Trippier at right-back while we could see Ben Davies replacing Danny Rose at left-back as Pochettino often rotates his full-backs throughout the season.
Victor Wanyama is pushing for a recall in midfield but I think we’ll see Eric Dier keeping his place in the holding role with Mousa Dembele also retained despite his disappointing performance at the weekend.
A slight formation switch could see Christian Eriksen playing in a three-man midfield with Harry Winks making way while Heung-min Son could be recalled in attack after making his return from the bench at the weekend.
Lucas Moura has enjoyed an excellent start to the new season so he should keep his place in attack while Harry Kane is expected to once again lead the line up front despite question marks over his fitness amid fears he’s burning out.
Here is how I expect Spurs to line-up:
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