Spurs projected defence
Despite a desire to return – according to Conte – Cristian Romero will miss out on the finale as he recovers from his second significant injury of the campaign. An unbelievably talented defender, we need to hope there is not a pattern developing for him there. With Romero out, we see Conte turn to his bench.
Left-back – Ben Davies
Having a renaissance season in Conte’s three-back system, Ben Davies will be starting again. The Welshman has done his part on both ends of the pitch, and Davies combines well with Sessegnon on the defensive side and is almost always looking for an opportunity to push forward. Davies will want to give one last solid performance at the end of a strong campaign, knowing competition is likely coming next season.
Centre-back – Eric Dier
Another player having an outstanding turnaround under Conte is Eric Dier. His leadership has rarely ever been doubted, but the mistakes have been costly. Those mistakes that littered the pitch in 2020/21 have been few and far between 22/22, and Dier has been quietly outstanding. Dier is another player looking to keep his place moving forward, Dier will want a shutout as badly as the goalkeeper.
Right-back – Davinson Sanchez
It has not been the campaign that Davinson Sanchez likely wanted. The Colombian had his moments while Sanchez was out in late 2021, but he still showed a penchant for a bad foul or poor play that could open the door to disaster. Sanchez wants a strong finish for a player who could be on the transfer block in a few months.
Goalkeeper – Hugo Lloris
Under a prior defensive-minded coach, Hugo Lloris was being asked to make 4-5 big saves a game, which was too much. Under the current defence-first coach, Lloris is asked to make 2-3 big saves a game, which is right in the Frenchman’s wheelhouse. Keepers can age well if handled appropriately; we are starting to see that with Lloris and Conte. Long may it continue.