COMMENT By Harvey Byrne
Mauricio Pochettino should look to use three defenders at the back for Tottenham’s match at Stade Louis II against Monaco on Tuesday evening.
The Ligue 1 side will be expected to start with a two man strike force and, with players such as Radamel Falcao and Valere Germain in their ranks, the north London outfit will need the extra defensive reinforcement.
The three-defender formation has proved incredibly effective for Antonio Conte’s Chelsea team in the Premier League and the Blues have managed six league matches without conceding a goal.
Spurs’ main strength is arguably their defence, but it is imperative that the north London outfit don’t lose the game with the possibility of Bayer Leverkusen moving five points clear with one game left in the Champions League group stage.
The formation will also allow Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min to link up together up front and the South Korean’s energy alongside the Englishman’s clinical touch should cause problems to the Ligue 1 side’s back four.
Hugo Lloris will keep his place between the sticks of the Tottenham line-up behind the changed back line.
Eric Dier should sit in the middle of the three-man defence with his experience of playing in the middle in his usual deep midfield position aiding him in the role.
Alongside Dier should see Kevin Wimmer come in to the defence with star Toby Alderweireld still injured, while fellow Belgian Jan Vertonghen would retain his place in the back line.
Midfielder Victor Wanyama must also take up a role in the defensive unit to ensure more attacking freedom for the players further up the pitch.
Full-backs Kyle Walker and Danny Rose are perfectly suited to the wing-back roles in the formation and can bomb up and down the pitch at terrific speeds to support the Spurs front line.
Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen will also take up a more attacking approach against the French side with both attacking midfielders keen to impress having failed to reach the same form as last season.
Lastly Kane and Son must lead the line and the duo will look to add to the 10 goals they have already scored between themselves this season.
In other Tottenham team news, this key man has been ruled out of the Chelsea clash.