Tottenham Hotspur full-back Serge Aurier has a brilliant opportunity against Internazionale to stake his claim to become a regular starter.
The north Londoners are in Italy ahead of their first outing in this year’s Champions League.
Spurs are in a tough group this season, with Barcelona and PSV Eindhoven making up the rest.
That said, they were in a tough group last year but progressed through to the knockout stages at a canter.
Mauricio Pochettino gave his press conference on Monday ahead of the clash with Inter.
It was there he was quizzed about his team’s prospects for the competition, to which he gave a rather strange cow analogy, and also why he has left Toby Alderweireld and Kieran Trippier at home.
‘This is my moment’
With Trippier being left behind due to a ‘technical decision’, it’s a great chance for Aurier.
The Ivorian hasn’t always convinced since making a £23 million move from Paris Saint-Germain last year, but shows glimpses of being a possible starter.
In pre-season he spoke with fire in his belly about getting more game time this term.
He said, as reported by the Daily Mail: “Now is my time. I have to take my chance. If I play good, the gaffer has a choice. That is football. You push. You don’t stop… for now Trippier is on holiday and this is my moment to take my chance.”
Now certainly is his moment, with Ivan Perisic awaiting him at San Siro.
Perisic to wreak havoc or Aurier to shine?
When it comes to battles against left wingers, they don’t come much tougher at the moment than against Perisic.
The forward shone for his country at the World Cup, and is completely unpredictable.
He is fantastic with both feet and also very strong in the air.
If Aurier can keep him in check, he’ll do himself no harm going forwards in the ongoing battle with Trippier.