It’s LASK vs Spurs in the Europa League. If Spurs win, they go through to the knock-out stages of the Europa League. If they draw, they go through to the knock-out stages of the Europa League. The plan tonight is to not lose.
The teams are in and this is how Spurs line up tonight – and the big news is Gareth Bale starts! And Joe Hart.
Hart, Doherty, Sanchez, Tanganga, Davies (C), Hojbjerg, Lo Celso, Ndombele, Bale, Lucas, Son.
I think that’s a 4-3-3 with Son through the middle, but it could equally be Bale who starts as a striker. Here’s what Mourinho said of Bale this week:
“The only problem with Gareth is to get into the dynamic and the confidence of playing consecutive matches without any bad feeling or negative feeling, without any remembrance of the recent past when the condition was not the best and the fears were there,”
“But now he has the chance of a physical evolution. He doesn’t need a tactical or a technical evolution. He just needs to get his confidence back about playing three matches in a week. It’s more about that [than anything else].
Kick off is 5:55pm, stay here for updates and analysis throughout.