Antonio Conte has been forced to make one change to his Tottenham Hotspur starting line-up to face Burnley in the hosts’ penultimate Premier League match of the season.
Spurs climbed to within a point of fourth-placed Arsenal with their 3-0 win against their local rivals on Thursday night. The Gunners still hold the initiative but Tottenham must do their part and win their remaining two matches to keep the pressure on Mikel Arteta’s men. Tottenham can jump into fourth spot for at least a day if they can beat the relegation-battling Clarets, before Arsenal make their way up north to play Newcastle on Monday night.
The quick turnaround between Spurs’ matches, less than 72 hours, has not helped Dejan Kulusevski. The Swede has been feeling unwell in recent days – not Covid-related – and his status was assessed on Sunday morning to see what kind of part he could play. In the end it was decided that the winger would take his place on the bench.
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Lucas Moura comes into the team, having started against Leicester last weekend. Cristian Romero misses out on the match with his hip injury and while Conte does not expect the Argentine to return this season, the Spurs boss has stated that the defender is desperate to be fit for the final match at Norwich.
Davinson Sanchez takes his place on the right of the back three again after filling in well against Arsenal. Elsewhere Conte had to decide whether to bring in any fresh faces like Harry Winks or Joe Rodon with so little time between matches but instead he decided to push through with the same fit players after what was a comfortable second half against the Gunners.
Such is the thin squad at Tottenham that Conte has named two goalkeepers on the bench in Pierluigi Gollini and Brandon Austin.
Here is the team Conte has selected:
Lloris; Sanchez, Dier, Davies; Emerson, Hojbjerg, Bentancur, Sessegnon; Lucas, Kane, Son.
Subs: Gollini, Austin, Rodon, Craig, White, Winks, Bergwijn, Kulusevski, Scarlett.
Source by Football London