Mourinho makes 9 changes, Ndombele & 21 y/o start but no Kane – Predicted Spurs XI vs Chelsea

Tottenham Hotspur continue their hectic start to the 2020/21 campaign with an EFL Cup Round of 16 tie at home this evening.

Jose Mourinho welcomes his old side Chelsea to N17 having only just played on Sunday whilst on Thursday, they are back in Europa League action. Hectic is an understatement.

The Blues also go into this one with an extra 24 hours of rest following a 3-3 draw with West Brom. Both teams will surely make plenty of changes to their lineups but what will Spurs look like with three games this week?

Last time out, they were dealt a cruel blow against Newcastle as they conceded a controversial penalty in the dying embers of the match to miss out on an extra two points.

Here’s how Spurs could line up tonight…

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Mourinho could make as many as nine changes for this evening’s fixture.

Between the sticks, Joe Hart returns as the designated cup goalkeeper, instead Hugo Lloris could feature in the more important Europa game later this week.

An entirely new-look back four is also named with Ryan Sessegnon being handed a rare start at left-back, that’s over summer signing Sergio Reguilon who may not be fit to start here.

He’s joined by academy prospect Japhet Tanganga, who also makes his first start of the season. And he’ll partner Toby Alderweireld with Serge Aurier also being named over Matt Doherty at right-back.

In midfield, another 21-year-old features for his maiden bow this term as Mourinho selects Gedson Fernandes to partner Tanguy Ndombele.

There’s no place for Dele Alli as the £57.6m-rated playmaker hasn’t been named in the matchday squad for either of their last two Premier League fixtures.

Instead, Mourinho looks to Giovani Lo Celso.

Steven Bergwijn and Erik Lamela will surely hold the fort on the wings with Lucas Moura being named as the striker.

It means Harry Kane is rested, although he’s likely to be there on the bench if need be whilst Heung-min Son faces a spell on the sidelines through injury.

AND in other news, Spurs could end a six-year nightmare with swoop for “explosive” £9m man…

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