Jan Vertonghen to Play Left Back, Danny Rose and Ben Davies Out vs Borussia Dortmund

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino and defender Jan Vertonghen spoke to the media today ahead of Tottenham Hotspur’s UEFA Champions League clash at home against Borussia Dortmund tomorrow night. The press conference session brought some answers as to who will be in the Spurs first team that faces the current Bundesliga table toppers.

Defender Danny Rose will certainly not start, and he might not even be named to the team, as he suffered a shin would on Sunday in the win over Leicester City.

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Tottenham Hotspur Starting XI Prediction vs Borussia Dortmund (Champions League)

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Last year saw Tottenham Hotspur reach the UEFA Champions League round of 16, where they crashed out at the hands of Juventus 4-3 on aggregate. Now they’re back at the same stage of the prestigious European competition, obviously looking to advance further. Once again they’ll face a team in the round of 16 that’s destined to win their domestic league and to do so comfortably.

Borussia Dortmund, who have been ruling the German Bundesliga roost this season, come into London as slight underdogs. Let’s take a look at who Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino may select in his first team to face BVB, and thus continue on his quest to secure the first trophy of his era at the north London side.

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Tottenham vs Borussia Dortmund Injury Report: Kane, Alli, Davies, Reus, Akanji, Balerdi

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The opening of the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium has been moved back several times, with one previous target having been the UEFA Champions League round of 16. At this point, getting the stadium open before the end of this season would be a huge win.

Alas, Tottenham will host Borussia Dortmund at Wembley Stadium, not White Hart Lane, on Wednesday night in the first leg of their UCL knockout round tie. Let’s take a look at the team news and fitness situation for both sides; starting with the hosts.

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Harry Kane Nearing Match Fitness Says Mauricio Pochettino

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The gruesome ankle injury that Harry Kane suffered in the home loss to Manchester United on January 13 was initially regarded to be serious enough that it would keep him out of action until at least March. Speaking ahead of the Sunday’s home fixture against Leicester City, Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino said that Kane is recovering quickly and that he’s nearing a return to match fitness.

While Pochettino ruled him out of the weekend match versus the Foxes, and next Wednesday’s UEFA Champions League round of 16 battle against Borussia Dortmund, he said Kane might be in contention for the league clash at Burnley on the 23rd.

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Tottenham Hotspur Starting XI Prediction vs Leicester City

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Once it was learned that they were to be without their two brightest stars in Harry Kane and Dele Alli, many expected Tottenham Hotspur to tumble down the table. However, they have won four of their last five and currently sit just five points off the pace for first place in the Premier League. Getting Son Heung-min back from the Asian Cup has been a tremendous boost, and Spurs are favored in their next league fixture, which is at home against Leicester City on Sunday.

The Foxes are without a win in their last five, and they were recently dumped out of the FA Cup by Newport. However, Leicester have been stronger than most teams in the league against the big six clubs, so this weekend fixture could be dangerous for Spurs. 

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Tottenham vs Leicester City Injury Report: Kane, Alli, Davies, Amartey, Albrighton

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Tottenham Hotspur host Leicester City in a matchup of the 2015-16 Premier League champions, and the last team that stood in the way of their 5,000-1 long shot glory. The Foxes currently sit 11th in the table, but they have been an exceedingly dangerous team for the proverbial big six clubs to play lately.

Leicester lost to Manchester United last weekend, but they battled Liverpool to a draw in the previous fixture, beat league leaders Manchester City on Boxing Day, and defeated top four side Chelsea four days prior to that. Mauricio Pochettino will certainly not be taking Leicester lightly, although Spurs do have the self-assurance of having won the reverse fixture 2-0 in early December.

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Mauricio Pochettino Should Be United Boss if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Not Appointed, Says Wayne Rooney

Wayne Rooney, Manchester United’s all-time leading scorer, has weighed in on who he believes should be the club’s next full time manager. Since taking over for the sacked Jose Mourinho on December 18, interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has nine wins and one draw in ten games.

United have acquired 22 points in eight league games under Solskjaer, having accrued only 26 in the 17 outings under Mourinho. Rooney believes the Norwegian, known as the “baby-faced assassin” during his playing days, deserves the chance to be the full time boss. Given the way the team in playing right now, he may indeed get his shot.

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United, Tottenham and Chelsea Also in League Title Race Says Pep Guardiola

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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has challenged the current media narrative that the Premier League title race is a two horse race between his side and league leaders Liverpool. Guardiola met the media today ahead of tomorrow night’s league fixture at Everton, and he was asked about Tottenham Hotspur’s title prospects.

“That’s a question for yourself,” Guardiola answered. “I never said Tottenham is not [in the race], I never made an opinion about that. I never said Tottenham was not there. Or Chelsea.”

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Tottenham Hotspur Starting XI Prediction vs Newcastle United

When Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has spoken to the media lately, he’s gotten away from the industry standard platitudes and coachspeak. He’s been welcomingly candid, and sometimes unfairly criticized for being so. Today will see the end of the third straight transfer window in which Tottenham has not added a single new player.

For Pochettino, it must be difficult to be so hamstrung by a board that won’t allocate any funds for beefing up the roster. Pochettino recently admitted that his club just can’t compete financially with Liverpool, Manchester City, Barcelona and Real Madrid.

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Tottenham vs Newcastle Injury Report: Kane, Alli, Davies, Dummett, Shelvey, Diame, Joselu

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Newcastle United head to Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday in a match-up of two sides that are very injury riddled, but still feeling pretty confident. For Newcastle, they were the lead story of the day in the football world on Tuesday as they upset reigning league champions Manchester City.

For Tottenham, they were able to take care of a pretty good Watford side in midweek, despite being without their biggest of guns. Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has a taken a refreshingly honest approach to his recent media opportunities, making blunt comments about the club’s competitive priorities and the competitive disadvantage they face when juxtaposed against Liverpool and Manchester City.

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Mauricio Pochettino Vents Frustration with Tottenham Financial Limitations

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Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino certainly seems to be telling it like it is much more lately. Perhaps he really is keeping one eye on the potential to move to Manchester United, a club that reportedly has him in their cross-hairs? Pochettino has gotten further and further away from press conference platitudes in the past week, and whether or not you agree with what he has to say, you have to respect his integrity and brutal honesty.

His comments last week about the club’s lack of recent history are spot on. Poch’s team is not linked in transfer rumors to anybody this January window, which comes to an end tomorrow. It’s looks almost certain that THFC will complete their third straight transfer window without buying even a single player.

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Tottenham Hotspur Starting XI Prediction vs Watford FC

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A lot of people in the football world disliked the commentary made by Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino after his side crashed out of the FA Cup over the weekend, but Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp isn’t one of them. The Reds boss said that Pochettino is in the right for prioritizing the Premier League above the domestic cup competitions.

“You need money for improving a football team, we cannot change that. It’s not the only way but it’s a big thing,” Klopp said at his prematch press conference today.

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