Tottenham travel to Germany to face Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday night for the second leg of their round of 16 tie in the Champions League.
Spurs have one foot in the quarter finals after a blitzing second-half performance saw them run away 3-0 victors as they overpowered a hapless Dortmund side. However, they have faltered since then, picking up only one point from a possible nine in the Premier League to see them slip out of the title race.
Here is the lineup Mauricio Pochettino is likely to select for Tuesday’s vital match.
1. Goalkeeper & Defenders
Hugo Lloris (GK) – The Frenchman was Spurs’ saviour on Saturday, as he saved Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s penalty to salvage a point for his side in the north London derby. He will be hoping to have a less eventful game between the sticks against Dortmund.
Kieran Trippier (RWB) – Trippier has looked extremely low on confidence in recent weeks, especially since scoring a bizarre own goal against Chelsea.
Davinson Sanchez (RCB) – Though he is an imposing presence at the back, Sanchez has looked shaky since a commanding performance in the first leg against Dortmund as he was all at sea against Arsenal last weekend.
Toby Alderweireld (CB) – The Belgian international will be tasked with leading the Tottenham back five on Tuesday.
Jan Vertonghen (LCB) – Having scored a vital goal that could prove to be the decider in the tie, Vertonghen will have to demonstrate his skills at the other end of the pitch as Spurs are likely to be under pressure at the back in the cauldron-like atmosphere of the Westfalenstadion.
Ben Davies (LWB) – Although Davies has only recently returned from injury, he could be set to take Danny Rose’s place in the starting XI as Rose has looked unsteady and unsure since returning from injury himself.
Eric Dier (CM) – Tottenham’s handsome lead on aggregate means that Pochettino could hand a start to Eric Dier, who is more defensively minded than Harry Winks, as the Argentine will look to protect the lead his side did so well to create for themselves.
Moussa Sissoko (CM) – The tireless energy of Moussa Sissoko will be invaluable to Spurs on Tuesday because, as the away team with a lead to defend, they will need to cover a lot of ground as Dortmund are likely to dominate possession.
Christian Eriksen (CAM) – Eriksen’s creative ability is an asset Spurs should look to use best on the counter-attack, given that the return of Harry Kane will make the men from north London doubly dangerous on the break.
Heung-min Son (ST) – The South Korea international’s importance to Tottenham has become all the more apparent this season. Son has shone since returning from the Asian Games, and should continue to flourish in attack thanks to the return of his strike-partner.
Harry Kane (ST) – Tottenham’s talismanic frontman has taken no time at all to find his form since recovering from injury, scoring in each of the two games he has played. Eager to score themselves, Dortmund must not ignore the threat of Kane, otherwise they could be exposed in defence once again.