Mauricio Pochettino drops hint over his Tottenham XI vs Manchester City

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has been discussing how his line-up will change against Manchester City.

Both sides meet once again following their enthralling two-legged Champions League tie which saw Spurs reach the last four.

Ahead of the clash, Tottenham must find a way of sufficiently rotating their injury-riddled squad as they returned to the Etihad.

Pochettino “Maybe we need to think about playing with younger players”

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LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 08: Oliver Skipp of Tottenham Hotspur tackles Eden Hazard of Chelsea during the Carabao Cup Semi-Final First Leg match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on January 8, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

With the like of Dele Alli and Victor Wanyama only half fit and injuries mounting up, Pochettino accepts that rotation is required.

Although, the Argentine manager has also revealed that he may be forced to select younger players for the clash.

Tottenham are well stocked with talented youngsters, but this approaching at the Etihad to face a riled up City side could prove fatal.

Oliver Skipp, Kyle Walker-Peters, Davinson Sanchez and Juan Foyth could be players who feature on Saturday.

Following a summer of no signings and his side being plagued with injuries over the course of the season, Pochettino finds himself in a tough predicament.

Pochettino revealed:

“We need to assess the players and be sure we are going there competing with fresh legs.

“That’s why we’re working so hard now to assess the players in the right way

“We need to try to mix players who can be competitive and have the possibility to win.

“City have an unbelievable squad.

“They can change and rotate the starting 11 and keep the same level on the pitch.

“With all the circumstances and some injuries, maybe we need to think about playing with younger players.

“Not without experience, but with plenty of energy and keeping the same ideas – to be brave and try to compete.

“It’s going to be tough but we need to think about recovery.

“We need to try to design the best strategy to try to be competitive.”

101 Great Goals predicted Tottenham XI vs Man City: Lloris; Walker-Peters, Sanchez, Foyth, Vertonghen, Davies; Skipp, Dele, Eriksen; Moura, Son.

Champions League review: Manchester City (4) 4-3 (4*) Tottenham

In perhaps one of the greatest Champions League nights since Istanbul, Tottenham will play AFC Ajax in the competition’s last 4.

Following the most enthralling first 45 minutes of football, second-half goals from Sergio Aguero and Fernando Llorente along with a huge VAR decision added another spectacular twist to the game.

With the tie having been so heavily influenced by controversial VAR decisions, the technology demanded the final say.

VAR incredibly ruled out Raheem Sterling’s 92nd-minute winner to send Spurs through to the semi-finals.


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