Tottenham must move on quickly after being ousted from the Carabao Cup, with a pivotal encounter at Burnley on tap.
While Turf Moor isn’t, at least historically, an easy place to play, the Clarets lost their first two matches at home, one of which to Manchester City—no shame in that.
Vincent Kompany’s side will be desperate to end to their home losing streak, putting even more pressure on Ange’s team to perform like they did against the Cherries.
Ange should start Saturday’s contest at Turf Moor with an unchanged lineup from his side’s previous Premier League match at Bournemouth.
Goalkeeper Guglielmo Vicario
Venom is back after resting for the Fulham match. The Italian was excellent against Bournemouth and will hope to increase the momentum he’s gained in his opening three matches at Spurs.
Right back: Pedro Porro
Porro has been excellent in his two outings. Not only does the Portuguese offer creativity and a spark going forward, but he has also been solid defensively, apart from a few benign errors.
Centre back: Cristian Romero
The Argentine will return to the first 11 after resting at Craven Cottage. His absence was as noticeable as a mid-sentence voice crack. It will be delightful to see Cuti back where he belongs, at the spine of the team forming the bedrock.
Centre back: Micky van de Ven
Hopefully, Micky van de Ven is not injured. He hobbled off just prior to penalties, looking rather sore and laboured. There hasn’t been any news to suggest he suffered a disconcerting ailment. So, for now, no news is good news.
Even if he suffered a minor injury, van de Ven is a warrior. It will take something significant to keep him out of the team. And as it wasn’t a muscle injury, so expect him to soldier on and join his partner at the back.
Left-back: Destiny Udogie
Destiny Udogie was another noticeable absentee Tuesday night under the bright lights. Ben Davies tried to fill Destiny’s canoe-size shoes but struggled mightily.
Udogie took a knock at Bournemouth and was under visible duress. However, Ange confirmed it was only a knock and nothing serious. He’ll play on Saturday.
Central midfield, No. 6: Yves Bissouma
There is no chance Yves Bissouma won’t start. He’s been Spurs’ best player in two of three matches and was outstanding in the other.
Central midfield, No. 8: James Maddison
Spurs’ playmaker was introduced in the 82nd minute against Fulham. He made an immediate impact, creating two scoring opportunities in his fleeting cameo. He’ll be raring to dominate proceedings at Turf Moor.
Central midfield, No. 8: Pape Sarr
Pape Sarr was brought on in the 72nd minute on Tuesday. He wasn’t at his brilliant best but got up to speed almost instantaneously. That 20 minutes should help keep the midfielder sharp.
Right winger: Dejan Kulusevski, Left winger: Son Heung-min, No. 9: Richarlison
Dejan Kulusevski and Son Heung-min sat on the bench for over 70 minutes before their numbers were called.
Both impacted the match positively, showing intent and driving at Fulham’s backline. They’ll both be keen as mustard to return the good vibes to Tottenham’s locker room.
Richarlison looked uncomfortable when Kulu replaced him in the 72nd minute. While discernibly bothered, Richarlison will do everything he can to get the starting nod.
He didn’t play particularly well against Fulham but scored his first goal this season. That should light a fire under the Brazilian’s derrière. He will not want to sit idly on the sidelines and let his newfound momentum and confidence fizzle out.