The visit of Manchester City does not come at a good time for Tottenham, after their disappointing 2-2 draw against PSV in midweek.
The injury crisis continues to bite and Pep Guardiola’s free-scoring side rolling into town, on a shredded Wembley pitch, is not likely to be high up on the list of things Mauricio Pochettino wants to see right now.
The return of Kevin de Bruyne offers the champions yet another dimension after the sparkling form of Bernardo Silva and Riyad Mahrez meant the mecurial Belgian was not too sorely missed.
Perhaps some Spurs fans would not have much faith in the likes of Eric Dier and Harry Winks keeping that magical midfield of City’s quiet.
But the duo showed during the most recent international break that they can stifle midfielders with bigger reputations; they were both excellent as England beat Spain 3-2 in Seville to inflict a first competitive home defeat for 15 years.
They will need to show that discipline, courage and quality again tonight to win the midfield battle and offer Spurs the platform for a strong result that would reaffirm their title credentials.
They’ve shown that they can do it, and perhaps it needs another crunching tackle like Dier’s on Sergio Ramos in order to galvanise a side that may be licking their wounds after that late blow in Eindhoven.