Tottenham begin their 2021/22 Premier League campaign on Sunday with a mouthwatering home match against champions Man City.
An extremely tough game on paper as Pep Guardiola’s team romped to the league title last season, it may not actually be a bad opener for Spurs as City won’t be in full flow.
Spurs have looked good in their five summer friendlies under Nuno Espirito Santo, most notably last Sunday’s 1-0 win over Arsenal as they produced a dominant display against their north London rivals.
Appearing to settle on a 4-3-3 formation, the new boss just now needs to decide which players he selects in his first XI of the season.
So who will he opt for in his team against City? football.london takes a look.
Rob Guest – Tottenham Hotspur reporter
Espirito Santo has already admitted that he will make his mind up in regards to his team on Saturday but he will be pretty much there or thereabouts with his selection.
The main call he has to make is over Harry Kane, who only just returned to first-team training on Friday at Hotspur Way after isolating on his own at The Lodge following his return from his summer break.
Given his lack of time working under Espirito Santo, as well as constant talk over a move to Man City, it may be best he doesn’t start this game but he could be an option from the bench.
The encounter looks like it will also come too soon for new signings Cristian Romero and Bryan Gil, with the latter only just linking up with his new club on Wednesday following his time at the Olympics with Spain.
Hugo Lloris, as ever, starts in goal, with Japhet Tanganga and Sergio Reguilon getting the nod at full-back either side of a centre-back pairing of Davinson Sanchez and Eric Dier.
Espirito Santo should then persist with his midfield three of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Oliver Skipp and Dele Alli, while Lucas Moura, Steven Bergwijn and Son Heung-min continue through the middle.
Guest’s team: Lloris; Tanganga, Dier, Sanchez, Reguilon; Hojbjerg, Skipp, Alli; Lucas, Bergwijn, Son.
Robert Warlow – Content editor
There are a few decisions to be made for Nuno Espirito Santo for his first competitive Tottenham game in charge.
But who plays in goal is not one of them. Hugo Lloris will be between the sticks, and I can see the manager sticking with Japhet Tanganga at right-back, with Sergio Reguilon on the other side.
Who plays in central defence is perhaps a bigger question mark, but I can see Davinson Sanchez getting the nod ahead of Joe Rodon, with Cristian Romero not yet fit to start.
In midfield, Oliver Skipp looks to have earned himself a place in the side alongside Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, with Dele Alli impressing ahead of them in pre-season.
Whether Harry Kane starts is the other big question, but I can see him being an option from the bench, with Son up top and Lucas Moura and Steven Bergwijn in a front three, exactly as Spurs lined up last week against Arsenal.
Warlow’s team: Lloris, Tanganga, Dier, Sanchez, Reguilon, Hojbjerg, Skipp, Alli, Lucas, Bergwijn, Son.
Source by Football London