Tottenham Hotspur will travel to Johan Cruijff ArenA to clash heads with Ajax after suffering a disappointing 1-0 defeat in the first leg at the new White Hart Lane. Spurs would have to dig deep and find a way to get back on level terms in this tie. It goes without saying that the opening goal will be crucial for both teams in midweek.
Mauricio Pochettino is expected to opt for a 4-3-1-2 formation and might name an unchanged side for this European encounter.
4-3-1-2 Tottenham Hotspur Predicted Lineup To Face Ajax
Hugo Lloris will play in goal for the North London side on Wednesday night despite failing to keep a clean sheet versus Bournemouth last weekend. Pochettino could go with the centre-back pair of Davinson Sanchez and Toby Alderweireld as they try to keep things stable at the back and keep the Ajax attackers at bay.
Danny Rose will operate in the left-back position while Kieran Trippier looks to be a threat on the other side as a makeshift right-back. Tottenham needs to find a way to earn a shut-out in midweek so that they have the best possible chance of sealing a passage through to the final.
Eric Dier will lineup as the holding midfielder as he looks to breakdown the Ajax attacks while shielding the Spurs back four. Christian Eriksen will be deployed in a more creative role in midfield as he tries to create some openings going forward. Moussa Sissoko might get a chance to use his pace and cause a few problems for Erik ten Hag’s defenders.
Dele Alli will likely operate in the number 10 position as Pochettino tries to use him in a free-flowing role so that he can wreak havoc in the opposition half. The English midfielder needs to step up his game in the absence of Harry Kane and be Spurs’ main threat going forward.
Pochettino might be inclined to begin the clash with both Heung-min Son and Lucas Moura playing together up front. All eyes will once again be on Son as the South-Korean forward has often proved to be Tottenham’s saviour this season mainly because of Kane’s unavailability due to injury.
Both Erik Lamela and Fernando Llorente might come off the Spurs bench to make an impact in the opposition half if required.
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