EUROPA LEAGUE GROUP C
Venue: Ataturk Stadium, Istanbul
Date: Thursday, 11 December
Kick-off: 18:00 GMT
If we’re serious about going far into, and maybe even winning, this competition then we need to do a job on Besiktas tonight.
We’re two points above them in the group and both teams are guaranteed to finish in the top two, so all that remains to be decided is who finishes top and gets the ‘easier’ route into the latter stages of the competition.
Such is the demands on managers at this time of year, Pochettino has left a lot of first teamers in London (Harry Kane, Jan Vertonghen, Christian Eriksen, Ryan Mason, Nabil Bentaleb and Kyle Naughton) to keep them fit and rested ahead of a difficult league game on Sunday against Swansea – so tonight he will no doubt be looking to get the draw we need using a second-string team and some youngsters.
As well as the exciting youngsters who have made the trip to Turkey – Harry Winks and Jonah Onomah are tipped to get some game time – tonight may also see the long awaited return to action for Kyle Walker.