Knowing they’ve already qualified for the Champions League knockout stage, Tottenham can rest easy ahead of their trip to Munich this week.
Second place in Group B is guaranteed. So will Jose Mourinho, to provide fringe and youth players the opportunity to play on Europe’s biggest stage, decide to make wholesale changes to his team ahead of the midweek match in Munich?
Rarely do these type of meaningless, stress-free opportunities present themselves in the Champions League. Even rarer do young inexperienced players get the chance to make a name for themselves, or stake a claim for the future, against the likes of Bayern, one of the world’s powerhouses.
Based on that, expect Mourinho to take full advantage of this chance by providing some players who otherwise wouldn’t have a hope in hell of seeing match time in such a grandiose occasion. Cue Troy Parrott, Ryan Sessegnon and Juan Foyth. Which of the youngsters will get their dream start on Wednesday night?
While they don’t need to win, Mourinho certainly won’t want to be handsomely beaten like Spurs were at home to Munich on Match Day 2 in early October. He’ll need to concoct the right blend of inexperience and seasoned to ensure Tottenham make a good account of themselves.
So what is the right personnel balance for this experimental match?