Kane misses out in Tottenham best possible XI v Real Madrid
By Laura O’Leary
Mauricio Pochettino should make four changes to the side that lost to Manchester United and opt to bring in experience for the game against Real Madrid on Wednesday.
Fernando Llorente should lead the line and star striker Harry Kane, even with the player back in training, should not be risked for this Champions League clash.
Llorente was not chosen to lead the line against Manchester United – instead Pochettino opted to move Son Heung-Min higher up the pitch.
However, the 32-year-old Spaniard was impressive for Tottenham when they drew with Real Madrid at the Bernabeu, and he would be the best option for this Wednesday’s clash.
Risking Harry Kane in a group game that they do not necessarily have to win to progress, seems like a risk not worth taking.
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Tottenham have lost two games in a row since Kane was injured and there will be bigger battles to fight this season.
Losing Kane for an extended period after rushing him back too soon would be a potential season-wrecking disaster.
With that in mind, this is Pochettino’s best possible XI for the game against Real Madrid on Wednesday:
While Harry Kane should not be risked, Mousa Dembele is a much-needed presence in this game.
The Belgian played the last 30 minutes of the game against Manchester United as he continued his road to recovery from the series of injury problems he has faced.
The midfielder’s ability to be both a defensive presence as well as a creative outlet and would be beneficial against a team like Real Madrid.
Kick off at Wembley Stadium is 7.45pm on Wednesday night.
In other Tottenham news, Hugo Lloris revealed the extent of Tottenham’s title ambitions.