Another win for Tottenham Hotspur at the weekend over Huddersfield Town wasn’t exactly the perfect preparation for Barcelona in the Champions League on Wednesday that many would’ve thought from simply looking at the scoreline.
Huddersfield was our third win in a row as we climbed into fourth place in the Premier League table but it did come with a cost. Dele Alli has been ruled out of the game after a recurring hamstring problem and Jan Vertonghen and Moussa Dembele will also be assessed late on as they were substituted in the game with muscular injuries.
The starting XI for this one is difficult to call with some uncertainty over those with fitness issues, but having lost the Champions League opener against Inter Milan, plenty are happy to overhype the importance of this tie.
I’ve seen plenty of talk about it being a real test for Spurs and an opportunity to prove we can compete with the ilk of the La Liga giants and I’ve also seen plenty write the tie off and suggest it should be fringe players all the way to rest the first team group as we shouldn’t have any expectations of a result.
I know where I sit on that particular debate.