Tottenham can’t afford to overlook Leicester City on Saturday in the Premier League despite the fact they may need to win away at Barcelona just days later in the Champions League.
Spurs have the depth in the squad to make a few rotations without damaging the strength of the team, but they shouldn’t muck around with their defence.
Manager Mauricio Pochettino elected to leave Toby Alderweireld on the bench for the north London derby last weekend, which resulted in a disappointing 4-2 defeat.
Rising star Juan Foyth got the nod in that match, but the best move would be to integrate him against lesser opponents to gain experience and that was the case in the 3-1 win over Southampton in midweek.
Spurs need their strongest backline available to them in difficult fixtures, which is why Alderweireld has to start alongside Jan Vertonghen against Leicester following his return from suspension.
Alderweireld, 29, is an absolute rock at centre-back when on form and the manager needs to right his wrong of leaving him out.
Pochettino’s side have tasted a couple of defeats to Leicester in recent years and it could be a difficult contest at the King Power Stadium.
Both Alderweireld and Vertonghen have had some form of rest in the past week, which is why they should be primed to be at their best in upcoming fixtures with Leicester and Barcelona.
Spurs need to keep their third-placed spot and try pull clear in the top four race, while qualification for the Champions League knockout rounds next week is imperative.