Trying to work out who’ll start this game tonight is an unenviable task – and I don’t have to do it – I’m just slinging together a blog so we can discuss our guesses.
I don’t see Mauricio approaching this task with much glee either. Champions League at Wembley and the warmth, the feel good factor of having already qualified is counterbalanced by the grim reality that the squad isn’t in a good place physically.
Flat Earthers will tell you it’s down to injuries. We have two, just two key players out.
As far as Toby’s absence is concerned our backline is not wiped out by his absence. Sanchez is good stuff, Verts, Davies, Rose and Tippier are all solid first team regulars.
Wanyama missing is tougher to cope with because Mousa is on his way out and Sissoko is routinely painful to watch.
The core problems lie squarely at the door of Eriksen, Dele and Kane.
I anticipate that those pulling wildcard names out of thin air – expecting the likes of No’Cluedo etc to start are in for a disappointment. He’s sh*t at playing football and will be lucky to the make the coach delivering presents to the sick kiddies hospital ward this Christmas.