Few Decisions for Mourinho in Tottenham Hotspur Projected XI

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Tottenham Keeper and Defenders

Sergio Reguilón (LB) – For the second week in a row in Europe both Ben Davies and Sergio Reguilón played midweek, with Davies again at center-half and Sergio Reguilón at left back. The success found the previous week was not duplicated as Davies was culpable for losing the ball that led to the only goal in the game. While Sergio Reguilón was not great – no one was on the evening for Tottenham – he was better at back than Davies at center-half.  After sitting out Monday in the League, Sergio Reguilón is back in action at left back.

Eric Dier (CB) – Eric Dier started on Monday after missing a couple matches following an injury picked up on international duty. However, like Tanguy Ndombele, Dier stayed home and did not travel to Antwerp with the rest of the squad – all with the idea of Dier being fit for the match Sunday with Brighton. Dier is not the best center-back on the team, but he is the best left-sided center-half currently and gets the start here again for the second game in a row in League.

Toby Alderweireld (CB) – In what may start to be a real rotation, Toby Alderweireld never took the field in his hometown and Antwerp, again likely with the Sunday’s Brighton visit in mind. Alderweireld has not been quite at his ball-pinging best this season, but he is always smart and steady in defense, something the team needs as they continue to look for an identity defensively. That identity starts with Toby being his no-nonsense best.

Matt Doherty (RB) – Unless this truly is a weekly rotation – in which case Serge Aurier would start – Matt Doherty deserves the run-out Sunday afternoon. Doherty was excellent two weeks ago against LASK, but then just average – at best – in the League on Monday against Burnley. Now after five days of rest, Doherty should be ready to roll and have his A-game, which Spurs are going to need. Aurier did nothing particularly wrong Thursday and has his role to play in all our competitions, but Doherty is just the man for this evening.

Hugo Lloris (GK) – Hugo Lloris failed to get a third consecutive shutout in all competitions for Tottenham on Thursday after the goal conceded to Lior Refaelov. Lloris looked particularly stunned on the play as he did not even move as the ball flew by. He recovered nicely making a couple of saves after the goal and coming out well when needed. Additionally, Lloris continues to be vocal with his voice often being heard above that of even Mourinho throughout the evening. It would be shocking not to see the captain with the armband and in the goal on Sunday evening.