Tottenham face Inter at their makeshift home of Wembley Stadium on Wednesday night in what is a must win game for the home side.
By the week’s end, Tottenham would have played three games in eight days, against three elite teams. Their midweek clash against Inter is sandwiched by two colossal Premier League ties. After flexing their muscles against Chelsea last weekend, Pochettino will lead his men to the Emirates next Sunday in the first north London derby of this term.
Even though the Argentine will have one eye on Sunday’s derby, he will be aware that Tottenham need to beat Inter by a margin of at least two goals on Wednesday night in order to move above the Italian giants in Group B.
Here’s how they could line up…
3. Goalkeeper & Defenders
Hugo Lloris (GK) – After Lloris picked up a red card away at PSV, Paolo Gazzaniga has covered the Frenchman expertly in goal. However, Lloris is available for selection again and should start here.
Serge Aurier (RB) – The erratic full back has divided the opinions of Spurs fans who know they have a decent right back in the Ivorian. However, Aurier’s tendency to make rash tackles has often put Spurs’ defence under pressure, and they’ll be hoping for a more steady performance from him on Wednesday night.
Toby Alderweireld (CB) – Since Vertonghen suffered an injury in late September, Alderweireld has looked far from his assured self at centre back. However, with his compatriot’s return to fitness, Alderweireld will likely retain his place as he looks to regain the impressive form he displayed so consistently last term.
Jan Vertonghen (CB) – The Belgian’s return to fitness could not have come at a better time for Pochettino and the Tottenham faithful. He has missed all but one of Spurs’ group games in this campaign, and they will need all of his defensive capabilities to overcome Wednesday night’s stubborn opponents.
Ben Davies (LB) – In Danny Rose’s absence, Davies has impressed at left back, providing defensive protection while also offering width in attack. He has played every minute of Spurs’ Champions League campaign this year and will retain his place on Wednesday.
Harry Winks (CDM) – Likened to the perennial talents of Andres Iniesta by his manager, Winks has impressed in the Champions League so far this season. In their last tie against PSV, Winks made the joint most passes by any player in a single game in this season’s competition, proving he is ready to take on Europe’s elite.
Eric Dier (CDM) – The Englishman hasn’t won a Champions League game yet this term, as he sat out of Spurs’ win over PSV three weeks ago. He had a sluggish performance at the San Siro on match day one, but shone in Spurs’ 3-1 win over Chelsea and the tough-tackler seems to have regained his form.
Erik Lamela (RM) – If there are sometimes doubts over the Argentine’s final product, there is no question that Lamela gives his all to this Spurs team, particularly in the big games. He has appeared in all four group games for Spurs this season, grabbing one goal and one assist.
Christian Eriksen (CAM) – After suffering from an abdominal injury, the Dane made his return to first team action last time out against Chelsea. He already has a goal and an assist to his name in this year’s competition and will likely feature heavily against Inter.
Lucas Moura (LM) – The nimble Brazilian has torn up English and European defences alike this season and, after sitting out last weekend’s game, is likely to play a big role in Wednesday night’s must win game.
Harry Kane (ST) – After grabbing the winner last time out against PSV, Kane will be called upon once more to help navigate his side out of this tricky group. The prolific striker has a great record in European competition and will look to increase his tally once more on Wednesday night under the Wembley lights.