Tottenham Hotspur vs Borussia Dortmund: Team News & Predicted XI | UEFA Champions League 2018-19
It is the biggest challenge yet for Mauricio Pochettino and his men since losing their star duo of Harry Kane and Dele Alli to injury. Spurs host Borussia Dortmund in the first leg of the round of 16 Champions League tie on Wednesday.
Things looked bleak a fortnight ago for Spurs with exits from Carabao Cup and the FA Cup coupled with injuries to their key players, Alli and Kane. The matches that followed though have seen them rise up to the situation with Son Heung-min taking the mantle from the injured Kane.
After an impressive start to the season, Lucien Favre and his men look to have fallen in slight trouble with Dortmund failing to win their last 3 matches, while conceding a not so impressive 7 goals in the process. They will have to get back to their winning ways if they are to progress further into the competition.
Eric Dier and Erik Lamela are back in training after missing the last match against Leicester City while Danny Rose remains doubtful after his shin injury. Pochettino will once again be without their key players, Harry Kane (ankle) and Dele Alli (hamstring).
Lucien Favre's biggest injury concern will the unavailability of star man and captain Marco Reid after the German international was forced off with a muscle injury in the cup match.
Lukasz Piszczek (heel), Manuel Akanji (hip), Paco Alcacer (shoulder), and Julian Weigl (illness) will be missing out for the German club.
Tottenham Hotspur (4-3-3): Lloris; Trippier, Sánchez, Alderweireld, Vertonghen; Winks, Sissoko, Eriksen; Lucas, Son, Lamela
Borussia Dortmund (4-2-3-1): Bürki; Hakimi, Toprak, Diallo, Schmelzer; Witsel, Delaney; Sancho, Philipp, Guerreiro; Götze