Are you ready for the Europa League as it was meant to be? Tottenham Hotspur have travelled to Germany to take on Borussia Dortmund in the first leg of their Europa knock-out round today. Depending on who you talk to, a Spurs-Dortmund matchup is either utterly terrifying and an awful draw for Spurs, or a real measuring stick to see just how good this Tottenham team really is. I say it's both.
Spurs will rotate for this match, as has been their custom in away ties in Europa this season. Dele Alli is suspended for this leg for yellow card accumulations, and Eric Dier has stayed in London to be rested for this weekend's league tie with Aston Villa. In addition. Danny Rose, Clinton N'Jie, and Jan Vertonghen are out with injuries of various degrees.
So what does this mean for Spurs' lineup today? Well, we'll 100% see see Kieran Trippier and Ben Davies at the fullback position ahead of Hugo Lloris, and Toby Alderweireld and Kevin Wimmer will be our center backs. After that, it's up for discussion. We've seen Mauricio Pochettino trot out weird hybrid three-man midfields before, and with Dier at home perhaps we'll see some combination of Mousa Dembele, Christian Eriksen, Ryan Mason, and Tom Carroll in midfield. I would surmise that Son Heung-Min, who has played Bayern before and knows them, will feature heavily. We might see Nacer Chadli slot into the LAM position, too. But maybe Erik Lamela starts? Truth is, I really don't know what Poche will do.
As for Dortmund, we've been given indications that Thomas Tuchel will field a strong lineup, since this is the only remaining competition that Dortmund have a realistic chance of winning this season. That's a bit scary as it means we'll see the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Marco Reus, Henryk Mkhytarian, Ilkay Gundogan, and Mats Hummels.
If you're an optimist you're hoping Spurs can come out of this with a win. If you're a realist, you'll be ecstatic if Spurs leave Germany with a close loss and an away goal. Either way, this is a match that is going to be hella fun.
Lloris (C), Trippier, Alderweireld, Wimmer, Davies; Carroll, Mason; Onomah, Son, Eriksen; Chadlihttps://t.co/hhnL0lqrT5— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) March 10, 2016
How to Watch
Date/time: Thursday, March 10, 2016, 7:00 p.m. (Germany), 6:00 p.m. (UK), 1:00 p.m. ET (USA)
Venue: Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund, Germany
Official: Cüneyt Çakır (TUR)
TV: Fox Sports 2 (USA), BT Sport 2 (UK), beIN Sports (Canada), beIn Sports (Australia), other listings at livesoccertv.com
Streaming: Fox Sports Go / Fox Soccer2Go (USA), BT Sport Streaming (UK)
Radio: Audio streamed at tottenhamhotspur.com, also BBC Radio London and TalkSport
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