Tottenham line-up v Real Madrid: New signings to start and hero to make shock return?

first_imgTottenham Hotspur, rather oddly, have not one but two pre-season games this week, just days before they begin their campaign against Manchester United on Saturday.Spurs’ first test over in Munich, as they compete for the Audi Cup, is the mighty Real Madrid and the prospect of facing a couple of friendly faces in Gareth Bale and Luka Modric on Tuesday evening.With their first game of the season so close it will be intriguing to see how Mauricio Pochettino manages his squad, especially when they will face either AC Milan or Bayern Munich tomorrow.How Tottenham could line up against Real Madrid: Tottenham Hotspur players celebrate Harry Kane’s goal against MLS all-stars GoalkeeperTottenham Hotspur have been handed a huge boost ahead of the new season with reports Hugo Lloris could be fit to face Manchester United on Saturday. He’s been pictured training despite fracturing his wrist earlier in the summer. Deputy Michel Vorm is still likely to be the starting shot-stopper against Real Madrid though.DefenceIt’s shaping up to be one hell of a battle for the role of right-back at White Hart Lane this season. Kyle Walker’s career has stalled with poor form and injuries leaving him a little way off his best, while Spurs swooped to sign Burnley’s talented Kieran Trippier. As Walker started against MLS all-stars, we could see the later play from the off against Real Madrid.Elsewhere, despite interest from Chelsea, Danny Rose should start at left-back, and in the middle Jan Vertonghen is likely to team up with compatriot Toby Alderweireld in the middle of the back four, while Federico Fazio and Kevin Wimmer will replace them.MidfieldThankfully, Pochettino has plenty of options in midfield so the team will be rotated heavily. It could allow the Argentine to give new boy Dele Alli a test against a higher level of opponent, while also giving Ryan Mason some much-needed pre-season minutes.Youngsters Harry Winks and Josh Onomah also travelled but expect them to play a bigger role in Wednesday’s match and Eric Dier, who played at right-back and centre-back last year could reprise a defensive midfield role too after three pre-season matches in this position.Either Thomas Carroll or Nabil Bentaleb is the likely partner for Alli, while, further forward and on the wings, Erik Lamela, Nacer Chadli and Christian Eriksen will feature.AttackTottenham have named just forward in their squad for these two games and it is – you’ve guessed it – Harry Kane. He won’t play both games though and we could see Chadli, or even Mousa Dembele, operate as a frontman at points. 1 1last_img read more

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