After last week’s emphatic 5-0 victory away to Hearts you could have been forgiven for assuming that Spurs would go into the home leg with a changed side to give some fringe players a run out. With a crucial game against Manchester City coming up on Sunday and the tie in the bag, it’s a good chance to look at some youngsters but according to Joe Jordan, the strongest possible team awaits our opponents.
“We want to go through,” said Jordan. “We covered and saw every game Hearts had played this season, except the Paksi game in Hungary, before we played them. Our objective is to win the game.”
Joe did suggest that if there were some injured players returning to fitness they may be given a chance but the younger players are set to miss out for now,
“Hopefully we are in a position where we can bring in some other players because the ones who have been out injured need to play. They haven’t had competitive football and we need to get them as sharp as we possibly can. Young boys will wait for their chance, that’s what they do,” he concluded.
So the likes of Huddlestone and possibly King and Gallas may feature but for the likes of Kane, Bostock and Coulibaly, they will have to wait until the group stages at least before they see some Europa Cup action.