Tottenham take on Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday evening at Wembley Stadium in the first leg of their Round of 16 clash. Spurs are coming off the back of a good run of results in the Premier League and will be looking to continue their form.
Having faced the Bundesliga leaders in last season’s Champions League group stage, Spurs should be confident in their ability to beat Dortmund over two legs this time around.
Having beat Dortmund 3-1 and 2-1 last season you’d think that Spurs would be happy and comfortable coming into this tie. But since the emergence of Jadon Sancho and the signing of Paco Alcacer; Dortmund have played their way to the top of the German first division in style.
Both Dele Alli and Harry Kane set to miss the first leg on Wednesday and Marco Rues has been ruled out due to an injury also; this fixture could be the one to watch in this round of Champions League fixtures.
Here is how we think the Lilley Whites could line up:
GK: Hugo Lloris
The Spurs captain played a key role in Tottenham’s exhilarating qualification battle earlier in the campaign. He’s certain to start.
CB: Davinson Sanchez
After scoring his first Tottenham goal on Sunday, the young Columbian will take his place in a back three once again.
RWB: Kieren Trippier
Trippier will be allowed to get forward and whip crosses into dangerous areas with Sanchez as a safety net on the right-hand side of Spurs’ defence.
CB: Toby Alderweireld
After starting on the bench against Leicester, Alderweireld will be fit and ready for the challenge against Dortmund’s attack.
CB: Jan Vertonghen
After a mediocre display at the weekend, Spurs’ vice-captain will need to be sharp and at the top of his game to deal with Jadon Sancho and co.
LWB: Kyle Walker-Peters
With Danny Rose picking up an injury at the weekend Spurs have no recognised left wing-back. I think instead of opting for a back four with Vertonghen on the left flank, Pochettino will offer another chance to Walker-Peters in the Champions League.
CM: Moussa Sissoko
The Frenchman has become a vital part of Tottenham’s midfield this season with his strength and surging runs through the middle of the park.
CM: Harry Winks
Some of Harry Winks’ best performances in a Spurs shirt have come on Champions League nights at Wembley and this game is as good of a chance as any to showcase his quality.
CAM: Christian Eriksen
Having been Tottenham’s star man against Leicester, Spurs will be relying on the Dane’s creativity to break down Dortmund.
ST: Fernando Llorente
Spurs’ back-up striker has been quietly effective in recent games accumulating two goals and three assists in his last five starts.
ST: Son Heung-min
His late goals have saved Tottenham in recent games and this is a match where he must turn up with the goods once again.