Spurs head into San Siro this Thursday, and it's looking to be quite the sticky situation. Gareth Bale is suspended, Emmanuel Adebayor and Clint Dempsey are doubtful, and Aaron Lennon recently picked up a knock in the reverse fixture at White Hart Lane. I know most Spurs fans, myself included, would love to see Tottenham win the Europa League. It's been years since Spurs won silverware (though not as long as it's been for our North London neighbors) and it would only be fitting to win a continental trophy on the fifty year anniversary of our original European triumph. But we have to acknowledge that this competition isn't our priority. And as such we should keep important players with injury problems on the bench during it.
Aaron Lennon is uncertain for this Thursday, and Tottenham should keep him rested for league play. We can't afford for Lennon to potentially re-injure himself, especially in this critical part of the season. However, resting Lennon for this tie leaves Andre Villas Boas with some selection issues. With Bale suspended Tottenham would have no natural wing players in the side. A more conventional solution would be going with a 4-3-3 that has Lewis Holtby and Gylfi Sigurdsson as the primary wide players, but I think the better option would be using a 5-4-1 with two wing-backs and three center backs. This allows Kyle Walker and Benoit Assou-Ekotto to provide Spurs with some much needed width.
I think this would be the best bet in terms of getting a positive result. And I think the team should really try to get some momentum back with them before league play picks up again. Let me know what formation you think Spurs should play this Thursday!