MAURICIO POCHETTINO will be hoping Lucas Moura can pick up where he left off in their Champions League opener away at Olympiacos.
The Brazilian was a surprising admission from Tottenham’s starting 11 for the defeat to Liverpool in Madrid, despite having scored a hat-trick in the semi-final second leg against Ajax.
The North London side have been accused of suffering from a Champions League final hangover after a difficult start to the new campaign.
But following clear the air talks with Poch, Spurs stars bounced back with their most convincing win of the season in a 4-0 demolition of Crystal Palace.
And the Argentine will be hoping his players carry that form into the trip to Greece, with tough fixtures against Bayern Munich and Red Star Belgrade waiting in Group B.
Poch is likely to restore club-record signing Tanguy Ndombele to his starting XI after the midfielder made his comeback from a thigh injury.
The £68million star was a second-half substitute in the win over Palace after working on his recovery during the international break.
Ryan Sessegnon is in contention to make his eagerly-anticipated Spurs debut, but is unlikely to be handed his bow in a tough European fixture.
Serge Aurier impressed on his first performance of the season, with Kyle-Walker Peters also in the frame having missed the last two games.
Dele Alli and Eric Dier were unused substitutes over the weekend, with the former tipped to come into the starting XI.
One notable absentee is Giovani Lo Celso who picked up an injury on international duty and is out of action for around six weeks.
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Pochettino has already stressed the need for rotation to avoid further injuries owing to the early season fixture congestion.
He told reporters: “I don’t care if there are injury worries because we are going to rotate anyway because we are after going to play Saturday and then in the Carabao Cup, many games.
“Of course be ready, because I’m going to rotate the squad and the team and try to be creative on Tuesday.”
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