Tottenham Hotspur are preparing to get their noses in front in the Europa League as they push for three points against Ludogorets. The Bulgarian outfit are currently bottom of Group J on zero points, whilst Spurs are tied with Antwerp and LASK, who have all banked six so far.
The Lilywhites lead their group on goal difference alone, so it’s important that they grab another win this evening in order to keep their momentum.
Jose Mourinho admitted in his latest press conference that he would not be fielding the same lineup as he did against Manchester City. He wasn’t clear with who will be dropped in order to rest ahead of Chelsea at the weekend, but one man who should be one of the first names on the team-sheet is Giovani Lo Celso.
The midfielder has been tussling with Tanguy Ndombele for that No.10 role, with the Frenchman appearing to be Mourinho’s favoured option. But if the last match is anything to go by, new signing Lo Celso should be making the Europa League squad with ease.
Including his international appearances, the 24-year-old has contributed to four goals for both Argentina and Spurs in his last five matches. He added to his tally by coming on as a substitute against Manchester City and doubling his side’s lead in a matter of seconds. According to Sofascore, Lo Celso also contributed two tackles and was successful in 100% of his attempted long balls.
Fielding the £31.5million-valued Argentinian will be beneficial for both him and teammate Ndombele who will likely start against Chelsea on Sunday. But rewarding Lo Celso’s contributions with a start against Ludogorets will also boost his confidence and put him in contention to start more often.