Tottenham Hotspur would be kicking-off their Champions League group stage campaign when they play against Borussia Dortmund at Wembley on Wednesday night.
Mauricio Pochettino spoke to the media at the Spurs pre-match press conference this afternoon and he gave reporters the team’s news and injury update.
The Spurs boss opened up to how he is to play his Champions League opener with 5 of his key players missing in action. Mauricio Pochettino will have to play without influential attacker Dele Alli as he starts a three-match suspension after being sent off in the Europa League back in February.
With Erik Lamela still working his best to get back to full fitness from a hip injury that’s kept him out for the past 11 months. The Spurs boss has no choice but to continue without the attacker.
Danny Rose is one also on the injury list, still being unavailable due to the knee ligament injury he sustained back in January while youngster winger Georges-Kevin Nkoudou is also still out with a foot problem.
Pochettino would also be playing without Victor Wanyama as the midfielder is still recovering from a knee injury that has kept him out of the past two games, which makes a total of five first team squad players who will be missing the visit of Dortmund.
The Spurs boss may just be tempted to make additional changes to his starting eleven in order to keep his players fresh with the likes of Serge Aurier, Mousa Dembele, Heung-min Son and Fernando Llorente pushing for starts.
Tottenham qualified for the Champions League after finishing second in the Premier League last season but they need to get off to a positive start as they’ve been drawn in a tough group along with Dortmund, Real Madrid and Apoel Nicosia.