Tottenham have been handed an immediate chance to bounce back from their 3-1 defeat at the hands of Manchester City with a mid-week Premier League game against Brighton.
The Lilywhites were helpless in stopping the newly-crowned champions from storming to victory at Wembley, a result which left Mauricio Pochettino and his men sitting three points behind third placed Liverpool, and four behind second placed Manchester United, albeit it with a game in hand over the Merseyside club.
With just three days between Saturday and Tuesday’s game, the Argentine manager looks set to switch up his side, having confirmed to journalist Alasdair Gold that the likes of Lucas Moura are being lined up for a starting role.
Poch just told me he will rotate players for tomorrow night's game. Lucas Moura is pushing for a start and Llorente is back now in contention after his problem the other day. Poch didn't want to go into it as it was a private matter. Toby Alderweireld will be in the squad he said
— Alasdair Gold (@AlasdairGold) April 16, 2018
With matches starting to build up, and a crunch FA Cup clash against Manchester United on Saturday, Pochettino is expected to rotate his side, with an attacking duo among the four in line to be axed from Saturday’s starting XI.
Mousa Dembele, Erik Lamela, Dele Alli and Kieran Trippier are all expected to drop out of the side in place of Victor Wanyama, Lucas, Heung-Min Son and Serge Aurier.
Despite a series of high profile errors in recent weeks, Hugo Lloris should remain between the sticks and there is likely to be just one change at the back with the right back role rotating between Aurier and Trippier.
In midfield, Dembele will likely be saved for the clash against United so Wanyama is a natural replacement, and up front both Lucas and Son should step back into the starting XI after being rested versus City, with assist king Alli, who has set up 17 goals for his team mates, another saved for the FA Cup outing.