Antonio Conte will need to rotate his Tottenham players for their second festive match against Southampton on Tuesday afternoon.
The match at St Mary’s will kick off just 46 hours after the final whistle of Spurs’ win against Crystal Palace at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Boxing Day.
Conte admitted that he will have to make some changes but cannot make too many.
“It is not easy for us, for every team to play after 48 hours is not simple. When you have this type of situation if you have a strong squad it’s easier, because you can make rotation and try to give rest and have a fresher team,” he said.
“We will see [on Monday] because I want to understand the real physical condition of my squad. It’s normal when you change many players that it’s not simple.
“You can have a fresh team on one hand but on the other you can lose a bit of identity. We will try and make the best decision but it won’t be easy.”
Ben Davies, who admitted that he had tested positive for Covid this month, was rested on Sunday and will likely return to the team.
Elsewhere, Conte will have to decide which of those players in high energy positions, such as the wing-backs, midfielders and wide strikers can handle another match with so little recovery time.
Harry Kane is unlikely to be rested and was able to get half an hour’s rest on Boxing Day with Spurs 3-0 up and with an extra man.
The Tottenham head coach’s substitutions on Sunday might have given some guidance towards which players he wanted to start again on the south coast.
Here is the Spurs team we reckon Conte could go with:
3-4-3: Lloris; Sanchez, Dier, Davies; Doherty, Winks, Hojbjerg, Reguilon; Son, Kane, Bergwijn.
Source by Football London