Ahead of Tottenham Hotspur’s Champions League semi-final first leg against Ajax, Sports Mole looks at how the Lilywhites could line up.
Tottenham Hotspur are preparing for one of the biggest games in their history as they host Ajax on Tuesday evening in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final tie.
The Lilywhites are within 180 minutes of a place in the June 1 final at the Wanda Metropolitano after overcoming Borussia Dortmund and Manchester City in the first two knockout rounds.
Spurs have lost three of their last four games in all competitions, albeit with a 4-3 reverse in the quarter-final second leg against domestic rivals City enough to take them through to this last-four showdown with Dutch giants Ajax.
Here, Sports Mole looks at how Mauricio Pochettino could set his side up for the contest.
Out: Harry Kane (ankle), Son Heung-min (suspended), Moussa Sissoko (groin)
Doubtful: Harry Winks (groin), Erik Lamela (thigh), Serge Aurier (thigh)
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Pochettino is without top scorer Kane and stand-in forward Son for Tuesday’s match through injury and suspension respectively.
The hosts have the option to use a false nine up top – most likely Lucas Moura – but it is expected that Pochettino will use Fernando Llorente for this first leg.
After being rested for the 1-0 loss to West Ham United at the weekend, meanwhile, Jan Vertonghen and Kieran Trippier should be restored in midweek, but Pochettino is keeping his options with regards to whether it will be a three or four-man backline.
Winks is expected to miss out with a groin complaint and Sissoko is also a big loss in the engine room, though Christian Eriksen has proved this season that he is more than capable of operating in a deeper midfield position.
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Spurs injury, suspension list vs. Ajax