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Spurs vs Red Star Belgrade: The XI Pochettino should pick

Tottenham Hotspur face Red Star Belgrade in the Champions League on Wednesday in a must-win encounter.

Spurs lie second in Group B, with four points from their first three games. Red Star are only a point behind, while Olympiacos have a point to their name. Pole position Bayern Munich have won all of their first three, including a 7-2 thumping of Mauricio Pochettino’s men.

The game throws up some selection quandaries for the manager; it is not known if Jan Vertonghen or Erik Lamela will be fit, while Son Heung-Min was left distraught after the injury sustained by Andre Gomes at the weekend. Mauricio Pochettino has said that he is likely to play, however.

Thus, one has to imagine that there could be a number of changes from the XI that played Everton; Harry Kane, of course, missed that game with a virus but he faced the media on Tuesday and should be fit to feature.

Football FanCast has taken a look at how Pochettino should line up his side.

Paulo Gazzaniga will play in goal because of the injury sustained by Hugo Lloris.

While one feels Spurs would benefit from switching to a three-at-the-back formation, they may have to go with two central defenders if Vertonghen is ruled out.

In that case, Davinson Sanchez and Toby Alderweireld should play, while it feels like the time to stop the Serge Aurier experiment.

Juan Foyth played some part in the game against the Toffees and the 21-year-old deserves a chance to show that he can play in the right-back role regularly. Ben Davies ought to keep his place to ensure Danny Rose can come back in at the weekend.

In midfield, Tanguy Ndombele was excellent on Sunday, constantly driving forward with the ball and looking for a killer pass. Partnering him with the hard-running Moussa Sissoko makes sense.

Should Pochettino drop Eriksen?

No, he has to play

No, he has to play

Yes, and start Lo Celso

Yes, and start Lo Celso

Yes, and start Lamela

Yes, and start Lamela

Yes, and start Alli

Yes, and start Alli

Further forward, having Son in the team would be a boost considering he’s already scored three times in the Champions League this season, while Lucas Moura should play on the right for extra speed and goal threat.

Giovani Lo Celso could be the man to replace Christian Eriksen, who failed to register a single dribble or shot against Everton, but it makes more sense for it to be Dele Alli, who scored against Everton and should keep that momentum going.

Having Kane back fit answers one question instantly: he has to play up front.

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