Conte could bring back 'phenomenal' 21mph speedster for Spurs tonight, he'd feast v Marseille - TBR View
Tottenham Hotspur host Marseille in their Champions League Group D opener tonight.
Spurs have begun brightly in the Premier League and will be hoping to carry their form into European competition.
Likewise, Tottenham’s opponents on the night have hit the ground running in Ligue 1, with five wins from six.
Spurs boss Antonio Conte will no doubt be conscious of Saturday’s trip to Manchester City when picking his XI tonight.
With that in mind, the Tottenham head coach will probably make changes against Marseille.
One likely change could see Ivan Perisic replace Ryan Sessegnon at left wing-back.
While Sessegnon impressed against Fulham last time out, Perisic seems like the right choice for tonight clash.
Marseille tend to use wing-backs themselves, so the 33-year-old could have plenty of space to provide pinpoint deliveries.
Perisic’s speed would also be a thorn in the opposition’s side.
According to Sky Sports – via the Daily Mail – he has reached a maximum speed of 33.80 km/h (21mph), proving to be an exceptional sprinter.
In addition, Tottenham’s opponents on the night appear susceptible to set-pieces, having shipped four goals in this manner this term.
This plays into the hands – or more accurately the feet – of a “phenomenal” ambipedal player with impressive accuracy such as Perisic.
And then there’s the element of experience – Perisic is a veteran at the highest level, a key factor in the high stakes of the Champions League.
Tottenham must hit the ground running in the competition and the Croatia international has the tools to help them achieve this tonight.
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