Jose Mourinho has labelled Tuesday night’s Carabao Cup semi-final against Brentford the most-important game of his Tottenham tenure – but he could make as many as five changes to his side to take on Thomas Frank’s side.
Mourinho was drafted in as manager of Spurs to finally bring a trophy to the club – something Mauricio Pochettino failed to do. In what is his first full season, Mourinho is still competing on all possible fronts.
Spurs sit in fourth in the Premier League table having played 16 matches – while also qualifying for the knockout stages of the Europa League. Mourinho has also delivered Spurs into the last four, juggling and rotating a big squad.
Spurs come into the match having beaten an impressive Leeds side 3-0 on Saturday, in which both Harry Kane and Son Heung-min scored. With the chance of a final at stake, Mourinho may be tempted to use Son and Kane.
It is elsewhere that changes are expected. Despite confusion, Matt Doherty is suspended after his two yellows against Leeds. Serge Aurier is likely to come in for the Ireland at right-back, while Hugo Lloris is likely to stay in goal.
Lloris has played the Carabao Cup wins over Stoke and Chelsea, while Davinson Sanchez could come in for Toby Alderweireld to rest the Belgian. Sergio Reguilon was an unused sub against Leeds and he should replace Ben Davies.
Harry Winks is one yellow card away from a suspension and Moussa Sissoko might come in – but Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg is likely to remain given his importance under Mourinho. Tanguy Ndombele should start.
Gio Lo Celso is injured, leaving the Frenchman in attacking midfield. Up top, Lucas Moura is likely to come in for Steven Bergwijn – partnering Kane and Son up top. Five changes in all.
In come Aurier, Sanchez, Reguilon, Sissoko and Lucas, out go Doherty, Alderweireld, Davies, Winks and Bergwijn.