Dier axed in Pochettino 4-2-3-1: Tottenham best possible XI to face Chelsea
COMMENT By Dominic Toner
Tottenham should make one change to their side for the upcoming FA Cup match against Chelsea and drop ever-present Eric Dier.
The 23-year-old has been a regular in the starting line-up this season, filling in as both a central defender and a midfielder.
However, he should be axed from the starting XI in the semi-final against Chelsea and replaced by Victor Wanyama.
Spurs will be expecting a physical battle against Chelsea’s powerful midfield of N’Golo Kante and Nemanja Matic, meaning Wanyama and teammate Mousa Dembele would be the best options to start.
Many people are expecting Pochettino to resort to a 3-4-3 formation and that would see Dier drop back into the defence, but it’s impossible to drop any of Spurs’ in-form attackers.
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The north London club have won their last two consecutive games 4-0 with their 4-2-3-1 formation and would be paying Chelsea too much respect if they switched at the weekend.
Spurs are currently playing the better football and should look to be on the front foot at Wembley, while Manchester United recently showed that the Blues are a little out of nick.
Pochettino needs to field his best available side at the weekend as the club push for silverware and that means Hugo Lloris starting ahead of Michel Vorm in goal.
The club’s backline should remain the same as Ben Davies continues for the injured Danny Rose, while the usual suspects of Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld and Kyle Walker all start.
Dier’s omission from the side may seem harsh to many people and it’s no reflection of his form lately, but he just misses out due to the formation and the opponents.
Spurs have the attacking players at their disposal to break the Chelsea defence, with the performances of midfield pairing Dembele and Wanyama crucial to their potential success.
Christian Eriksen and Heung-Min Son should continue in the wide areas, with Dele Alli playing behind striker Harry Kane.
The four attackers have looked in scintillating form lately and the Blues defence will dread facing them.
In other Tottenham team news, the club’s young defender has been ruled out until next month.