Tottenham expected 4-2-3-1 v Monaco: Attacking midfielder axed from line-up
By Harvey Byrne
Erik Lamela is expected to return to Tottenham’s line-up in Wednesday’s Champions League clash against Monaco.
Son Heung-min scored two goals in the weekend’s clash against Stoke, but the South Korea international may not be ready to start two games in one week with the match at the Bet365 Stadium being his first appearance of the season.
Lamela, 24, didn’t start the clash in the Midlands following his international duties, but he did come on as a 55th minute substitute and has been a key figure in Spurs’ attack in the new campaign.
Spurs will be buoyed by the return of France international goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, after he came back from a hamstring injury against Stoke.
However, full-back Danny Rose is still a doubt after suffering an injury while away with England and Wales international Ben Davies will be expected to fill in the left-back role.
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Spurs have started the new campaign with two wins and two draws and they will be looking forward to their first Champions League clash since the 2010-11 season.
Other than Davies, the rest of Spurs’ defence is settled and have played alongside each other in each of the opening matches in the 2016-17 season.
Midfield duo Victor Wanyama and Eric Dier will continue their role in shielding the defence, while Moussa Dembele looks to get up to match fitness after completing his six-match suspension.
The attacking trio of Lamela, Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen have lined up together in Mauricio Pochettino’s attack in the early stages of the season and they will be expected to start against the cash-rich French side.
Harry Kane scored his first goal of the new campaign against Stoke and he will be expected to lead the line once again with new striker signing Vincent Janssen on the bench.
The north London side have a lot of strength in depth and alongside Janssen, they can also call on new signings Moussa Sissoko and Georges-Kevin N’Koudou from their bench to aid their attack.
Spurs will face Monaco at Wembley and they will be hoping for their English players to succeed in familiar surroundings.
In other Tottenham team news, Harry Redknapp believes that Spurs can challenge for the Premier League and Champions League this season.