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Premier League: Tottenham Hotspur ideal XI for 2019/20

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Modified 09 Aug 2019, 12:05 IST
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Vertonghen and Alderweireld could recreate the solid partnership they had, but Sanchez is likely to see his share of action as well
Vertonghen and Alderweireld could recreate the solid partnership they had, but Sanchez is likely to see his share of action as well

Regardless of whether Spurs play with a back four or back three (back five), they have some solid centre-backs to rely on.

Sanchez and Vertonghen may be the starting pair in a back four for them this season. Alderweireld has been a strong partner for Vertonghen in the past, but seems unsettled this summer and was linked with a move away early on this season. He could yet play a major role in Spurs' backline, but Sanchez and Vertonghen could be the ones starting the season.

A back three could see all three of them start together and it also allows them the flexibility to switch to a back four mid-game, with Vertonghen playing at left-back. Eric Dier is another variable to consider in a three-man backline. The English international has been deployed both in midfield and at the back by Pochettino, most commonly in a back three, again, providing an easy way to change systems in the game.

Juan Foyth may have been in line for a breakthrough season at Spurs alternating between the centre-back position and an option at right-back, however, the pre-season injury has put him out of the running for most of the season. This could see youngster, Kyle Walker-Peters take precedence in the right-back position.

Spurs have also signed Fulham's Ryan Sessegnon which will be interesting, to see how Spurs function with three left-backs in Danny Rose, Ben Davies, and Sessegnon.

Rose will be expected to be the starting left-back, but a question mark still hangs over right-back and we'll have to wait and see if Pochettino will deploy one of the other two options in a right-back position or persist with Walker-Peters.

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Published 09 Aug 2019, 12:05 IST
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