Spurs XI prediction, latest team and injury news vs. Frankfurt
Tottenham Hotspur will look to get back on track in the Champions League this evening after a string of poor results.
The north London club were defeated by Sporting CP last time out in this competition, dropping them to second place in Group D, while Antonio Conte’s men were defeated by arch-rivals Arsenal in the Premier League at the weekend.
The Italian manager will be looking for a reaction from his players when they travel to the Waldstadion tonight to face Bundesliga side and 2022 Europa League winners Eintracht Frankfurt.
But what kind of side might we see? With fixtures piling up before the World Cup, the rotation could be crucial, and the 53-year-old has already hinted at a formation change…
Spurs are short on wide attacking options in the absence of Dejan Kulusevski and Lucas Moura due to injury, so Conte may opt for a 3-5-2 system with two of Heung-min Son, Harry Kane, and Richarlison leading the line, with the latter two possibly getting the nod given the need for three points.
That would free up another spot in the engine room, where Yves Bissouma is set to make his debut after joining from Brighton and Hove Albion for £25 million in the summer.
He’ll almost certainly be joining Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Rodrigo Bentancur.
Emerson Royal is only suspended for domestic matches and could play tonight, but with Ryan Sessegnon pushing for a starting spot on the opposite flank, Ivan Perisic could be shifted across to the right, as he did in the 6-2 win over Leicester City.
Meanwhile, versatile Welshman Ben Davies has returned from injury but is unlikely to start, though the chances of the same three that were disappointing against the Gunners starting are slim, so Davinson Sanchez, who came on as a substitute late on, may be unleashed.
In Conte’s third and final change from the weekend, the £65k-per-week Colombian colossus – once dubbed a “liability” to Spurs by Kenny Cunningham – could partner Clement Lenglet and Eric Dier in front of skipper Hugo Lloris.
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