Jose Mourinho will be hoping his Tottenham Hotspur side can get back on track with a win in Bulgaria over Lokomotiv Plovdiv in the second qualifying round of the Europa League – and Mourinho could make up to seven changes.
Spurs began their 2020-21 campaign in disappointing style despite the signings of Matt Doherty from Wolverhampton Wanderers and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg from Southampton. They suffered a 1-0 home defeat to Everton on Sunday.
However, the enthusiasm has changed among Spurs fans over the past 48 hours. It is believed the club are closing in on the return of Gareth Bale from Real Madrid on loan, while Sergio Reguilon is expected to join on a permanent basis.
Ahead of a trip to Bulgaria, the Standard report that both Dele Alli and Toby Alderweireld will be left at home. Mourinho confirmed in his press conference Harry Kane will start, Gio Lo Celso is back – but Tanguy Ndombele is not yet fit.
Serge Aurier has also picked up a knock in training, meaning Doherty is expected to remain at right-back. Eric Dier is also likely to stay at centre-back with Alderweireld left at home, while Hojbjerg could make his second appearance in midfield.
It means Mourinho could make seven changes in total to his Tottenham side. In come Joe Hart for his debut, Davinson Sanchez, Ryan Sessegnon, Moussa Sissoko, Lo Celso, Erik Lamela and Steven Bergwijn.
Out go Hugo Lloris, Alderweireld, Ben Davies, Harry Winks, Dele Alli, Lucas Moura and Son Heung-min.