Tonight’s game isn’t the be all and end all of this completion, let alone this season, however it would be frankly nuts for the mental wellbeing of all concerned if we lost another yet game. On top of which, it would undo all the good work of the earlier and arguably tougher tie in Spain if Spurs took this game less than seriously.
A late fitness test for the boy Kane, Lamela is still wrestling with his identity and Victor Wanyama is suddenly listed as having no return date.
This is the best starting XI to my mind, the only hesitation I had was over not selecting Winks, which reflects the fact I’ve gone for the XI I think Poch will chose.
I wouldn’t have selected Dele or Dier by the way, but the pair appear undroppable.
Elsewhere, Sergio Ramos has called on Real Madrid to stick together and share the blame for poor performances collectively rather than individually.
Zinedine Zidane’s side’s defeat at Girona on Sunday left them floundering in the title race as they drifted eight points off league leaders Barcelona.
“Nobody is to blame,” Ramos said. “Everybody can do more, that is always the case. When you win, you do that as a team and it is the same when you lose. Had we have taken our chances in the first half it would have been a different game but maybe our intensity did drop.”