Trio ruled out as Poch makes 1 key change | Expected Tottenham line-up vs Man City
Tottenham entertain Manchester City in their Champions League quarter-final on Tuesday night. Here is the side we think Pochettino will select
Tottenham will be looking to secure a first leg advantage when they welcome Manchester City to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in their Champions League quarter-final on Tuesday night. Here is the side we think Mauricio Pochettino will select for the game:
Goalkeeper: Hugo Lloris has come under the spotlight in recent weeks after a couple of mistakes but there is little doubt Pochettino will stick with his captain against Man City. Spurs will be hoping the Frenchman is on top form as he’s expected to be in for a busy night.
Defence: Tottenham switched to a back four for the 2-0 win over Palace last week and they could retain that system tomorrow. Ben Davies started at left-back with Danny Rose in a more advanced position but it didn’t really work so I expect Rose to revert to his usual role with Davies the man to make way.
Serge Aurier has been ruled out once again with a hamstring injury so Kieran Trippier is certain to keep his place at right-back while Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen are expected to continue their partnership in the middle of defence with Davinson Sanchez and Juan Foyth missing out.
Midfield: Tottenham have been dealt a blow as Eric Dier has been ruled out once again with a hip problem that he sustained while playing for England during the recent international break.
However, Harry Winks made his first team return off the bench against Palace last time out so he’s pushing for a recall to the starting eleven. Winks was forging an excellent partnership alongside Moussa Sissoko before his injury so Pochettino may be tempted to reunite them against City.
Victor Wanyama is another option for Tottenham and Pochettino may be keen to get another defensive midfielder in the side to help cope with the formidable City attack but I think the Kenyan international will have to make do with a place on the bench.
Attack: Christian Eriksen should keep his place after getting on the score-sheet against Palace last time out while I expect Dele Alli to also start – although the England international may play in a slightly more advanced role if Winks is recalled.
Hueng-min Son should once again start in attack as the South Korean star has enjoyed a superb season and he deserves a chance to shine on the big stage. That means Lucas Moura is likely to make-do with a place on the bench tomorrow night.
Fernando Llorente is back in contention after missing the Palace game with concussion but he’ll be among the substitutes as Harry Kane is certain to keep his place up front. Tottenham will need their star man on top form if they’re to take away a first leg win over City.
However, Spurs won’t be able to call upon the services of Erik Lamela as the South American attacker remains on the sidelines with a hamstring problem.
Here is how I expect Spurs to line-up:
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