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Conte must unleash Spurs game-changer Lucas Moura vs Chelsea

Tottenham Hotspur have it all to do if they are to make it to a second successive Carabao Cup final this evening.

Antonio Conte’s side trail Premier League rivals Chelsea by two goals ahead of the second-leg of their semi-final clash at home, so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Italian go full-strength in his bid to seal some instant silverware for the club.

However, he is facing several injury problems.

Eric Dier, Heung-min Son, Steven Bergwijn and Cristian Romero were all absent for their FA Cup third-round victory over League One outfit Morecambe on Saturday, where several big names were also rested.

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Many of these are expected to also miss this encounter, whilst it was the introduction of Lucas Moura and Harry Kane that swung the tie in their favour. Conte must turn to these, especially the Brazilian winger, tonight.

Moura has time and time again proven to be a massive game-changer for the Lilywhites. His come-from-behind hat-trick against Ajax in the Champions League semi-final was a very long time ago but is evidence that he’s the sort of player who could save this tie from the dead.

After he came off the bench on Sunday, Spurs finally looked like the top-flight side as his pace and dynamism was no match for the third-tier minnows.

The £18m-rated dynamo currently rates out as Conte’s second-best performer in the Premier League, averaging a WhoScored rating of 7.18 per game, which is only betted by Son (7.24).

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Moura leads the squad for dribbles (2.5 per game) and isn’t far behind for key passes (1.3 per game), suggesting that he is a crucial cog in the final third as he’s the man willing to take on the opposition and then create chances for the likes of Kane and Son.

According to teammate Eric Dier, the former PSG man is an absolute “nightmare” to train against, so just imagine him on form in an actual game. If he’s causing the English colossus problems, then he can surely create havoc against Thomas Tuchel’s depleted squad.

The Blues boss may even be without star defender Thiago Silva, so the Spurs winger could well feast tonight.

Conte must unleash the game-changing winger from the off this evening.

AND in other news, Spurs handed huge boost as Hotspur Way footage emerges pre-Chelsea

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