The north London outfit were defeated by Sporting CP last time out in this competition, leaving them in second place in Group D, whilst at the weekend, Antonio Conte’s men were beaten by arch-rivals Arsenal in the Premier League.
The Italian head coach will be wanting to see a reaction over in Germany tonight as they make the trip to the Waldstadion to face Bundesliga side and 2022 Europa League winners Eintracht Frankfurt.
But what sort of side could we see? With fixtures coming thick and fast before the World Cup, rotation could be key, and the 53-year-old has already hinted at a switch in formation…
In the absence of Dejan Kulusevski and Lucas Moura due to injury, Spurs are light on wide attacking options, so Conte could favour a 3-5-2 system that would see two of Heung-min Son, Harry Kane and Richarlison lead the line, the latter two could get the nod, given the need to pick up three points.
He’s likely to join both Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Rodrigo Bentancur.
Emerson Royal is only suspended from domestic matches and could feature tonight, though with Ryan Sessegnon pushing for a start on the other flank, Ivan Perisic could be shifted across to the right, just as he did in the 6-2 win over Leicester City.
Meanwhile, at the back, versatile Welshman Ben Davies has returned from injury but isn’t likely to feature from the off, though the chances of the same three that were disappointing against the Gunners starting are slim, so Davinson Sanchez may be unleashed having come on as a substitute late on.
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, in Conte’s third and final change from the weekend.
Predicted Spurs XI (3-5-2): Lloris; Lenglet, Dier, Sanchez; Sessegnon, Hojbjerg, Bissouma, Bentancur, Perisic; Kane, Richarlison