Tottenham are back in the Champions League after Antonio Conte completed a stunning turnaround to guide his side to a top four finish which looked unlikely when he took over last season. The Italian coach will be hoping to reap those rewards with a strong showing in the competition, starting on Wednesday.
His side will play host to Ligue 1 side Marseille, who scraped into the competition on the final day by finishing second in the division. They’ve started the new one just as strong, sitting joint-top with PSG having secured five wins and one draw from their opening six fixtures.
It may lead to a strong side being played, but Conte has already stressed the importance of rotation and giving players a break. With that said, here’s a look at a few ways Tottenham could lineup against Marseille on Wednesday.
The importance of Cristian Romero cannot be understated at Tottenham, with the defender recently making his loan move permanent from Atalanta. His battles with injury have been a cause for concern though, meaning his management will be crucial throughout the season.
While Davinson Sanchez hasn’t always been the most reliable replacement, he may be called upon to ensure the club get the most out of Romero for the rest of the season.
Starting lineup: Lloris; Sanchez, Dier, Lenglet; Emerson, Bentancur, Hojbjerg, Sessegnon; Kulusevski, Son; Kane.
The form of Son Heung-min has been one of the few worries early on in the campaign for Tottenham, yet to score and only registering one assist after a season where he won the golden boot. Luckily for Spurs, they have competition for places in that frontline now, with players pushing one another to higher levels.
Summer signing Richarlison could be the one to come in and take that role, able to play anywhere across the frontline as well as bringing a bullish character to the side.
Starting lineup: Lloris; Sanchez, Dier, Lenglet; Emerson, Bentancur, Hojbjerg, Sessegnon; Kulusevski, Richarlison; Kane.
The presence of Richarlison also allows the side to rotate without losing some of their strength in forward areas. Given how intense the schedule will be, this could be crucial to the season-wide success of Tottenham and how they rest their important players.
Harry Kane is one of those, having played nearly every game for the past few seasons due to his importance and the side can’t afford to lose him to injury again. Should he be rested, Richarlison is a more than capable replacement.
Starting lineup: Lloris; Sanchez, Dier, Lenglet; Emerson, Bentancur, Hojbjerg, Sessegnon; Kulusevski, Son; Richarlison.