A return to Europa action in front of what could be our lowest attendance for some time. If only 33k turn up for a Spurs CL game, how many will bother paying to watch the kids tonight? That said, I wouldn’t turn up to see Spurs play anyone 😀
We know who is dropping down from the CL to the Europa: these are the contenders – Club Brugge, Inter Milan, Napoli, Galatasary, Benfica, Shaktar Donesk, Valencia (who just humiliated MU), and Viktoria Pizen.
Of these only Inter, Napoli and Valencia are to be feared, though we have lost to Benfica in the past.
Tonight we will see a return for our Team Captain, Mr. Koscielny. At 33 y.o. and having recuperated from such a chronic injury, I expect him to be unable to recover his former exccellence. Less pace, less stamina, less jumping ability, but more experience. He is an important player but IMO is unlikely to ever be a first choice player again.
A night for the youngsters who have done so well this season. Smith Rowe (no hyphen) Maitland-Niles (with hyphen), Willock etc Qarabag have nothing to gain from tonight either so we could see a a very open. attacking game.
Licht Sokratis Kos Corporal Jenks
Douzi AMN Elneny
Smith Rowe Iwobi
Maybe a bit light upfront.
And what of Ozil? I expect him to ride the pine and then come on for the second half, or perhaps start and get subbed. He needs pitch time ahead of S’ton.
Sokratis is banned on the weekend so should start.
A dead rubber (whatever that means!!), nonetheless I expect us to win and continue our unbeaten run
Let it Be So.