Tottenham have made just three changes to the eleven that thrashed Manchester City 4-1 last weekend. Kieran Trippier, Danny Rose and Nacer Chadli have been recalled to the starting line-up to face Monaco.
Kyle Walker is rested, while Rose’s selection sees the rotation between him and Ben Davies continue. Son Heung-Min is sidelined through injury, which explains Nacer Chadli’s place in the eleven.
It’s a surprisingly strong line-up from Mauricio Pochettino, one that suggests he is taking the Europa League very seriously this season. Here’s how Twitter reacted…
Assume the reason behind the XI is the international break coming up, 2 games we could/should win beforehand. Confident we can win tonight.
— Nikhil Saglani (@Nikhil_Saglani) October 1, 2015
— Harry Charalambous⚽️ (@TransitionTHFC) October 1, 2015
— Tom Edwards (@tomedwards) October 1, 2015
#thfc Perhaps Spurs' early exit from the Capital One Cup means they're going to take the Europa League more seriously now.
— Ben Pearce (@BenPearceSpurs) October 1, 2015
When we were in the CL we played out strongest team on a Wednesday and then that Saturday too.
— Tom (@Tomfoins87) October 1, 2015
I think it's safe to say from his first two line-ups that the Europa League is a priority for Poch this season.
— Bankrupt (@bankruptspurs) October 1, 2015
#coys With the exception of the the full-backs, that's the team I'd expect to start at Swansea. Pochettino taking a risk, here.
— The Tottenham Way (@TheTottenhamWay) October 1, 2015
Appreciate I'm ensuring we'll now lose 4-0 with Moutinho scoring all four, but I'm thrilled we're all in for the Europa. Up the Europa!
— Charlie Parrish (@charlieparrish) October 1, 2015
Surely no one can be unhappy with that starting 11? The last time we faced Monaco we had Zeki Fryers & Jake Livermore centre back.
— The Spurs Brain (@TheSpursBrain) October 1, 2015