Tottenham Hotspur made a huge statement in the Premier League on Saturday night with an emphatic win over heavyweights Manchester City. The six-time title winners struggled to find their groove as Spurs punished them through Son Heung-min’s fifth minute goal.
Giovani Lo Celso came on in the second half to double the lead and send Spurs top of the table. But amid the celebrations, Jose Mourinho delivered some worrying news as he revealed that Toby Alderweireld had suffered a groin injury.
The Belgian came off in the final ten minutes of the match after a solid performance in defence. Speaking after the surprise victory, the manager said: “It’s bad. It’s a muscular injury in the adductor. The dimension of course we don’t know, we have to wait, but it’s a difficult injury for sure.”
With new signing Joe Rodon not registered for Tottenham’s Europa League squad, Mourinho will be without the Welshman for their next group stage match against Ludogorets. The 23-year-old talent replaced Alderweireld last night but as one of only three fit centre-backs, Mourinho is now short on options.
Unless he drastically changes his approach for Thursday, the 57-year-old will have to pair Eric Dier up with out of favour Davinson Sanchez, who has been dropped for the last four Premier League fixtures.
According to Football Insider, the Colombia international could be on the verge of being sold following the signing of Rodon and rising starlet Japhet Tanganga. Naturally, the younger talents have seen Sanchez fall down the pecking order and he is struggling for game time. However, with Alderweireld sidelined for potentially a long period of time, this could be his golden moment to resurrect his Spurs career.
The Lilywhites are currently top of their Europa League group on six points, but Antwerp and LASK are breathing down their neck on the same amount. Whilst Ludogorets are bottom and yet to bank a single point, Spurs will be viewed as the clear favourites. But they cannot take the fixture for granted and Sanchez must pull off a solid performance in order to catch Mourinho’s eye.
Former boss Mauricio Pochettino thought highly of the £75,000 per week defender and labelled him the “beast” in the team. But Mourinho is renowned for being a lot more cut-throat, as shown with his freezing out of Dele Alli.
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