Anyone who has followed Tottenham Hotspur knows that playing on Thursdays is a difficult situation for a manager. European competition is important, but the group stages of the second and third tier competitions are a different problem to navigate when you’re expected to win and do so with your second team.
Nuno Espirito Santo seems to understand that that, and in his press conference today confirmed that everyone who started against Newcastle United, with the exception of Hugo Lloris, will be staying at Hotspur Way for Thursday’s trip to Netherlands.
#thfc Nuno says the 10 outfield players who started against Newcastle will not travel to Arnhem this afternoon & instead stay at Hotspur Way to train with assistant head coach (and new father) Ian Cathro.— Dan Kilpatrick (@Dan_KP) October 20, 2021
Spurs are currently in a logjam in Group G. They’re top of the group after two matches with four points, but Rennes have the same amount and Vitesse are one back at three points. While Thursday’s match is not a make-or-break situation, it’s a chance for Spurs to put some distance between them and Vitesse. Rennes should beat a rather toothless Mura side so getting three points to maintain pace with the French side is vital.
Vitesse aren’t bad, but they aren’t great. They’re currently sixth in the Eredivisie and have a problem scoring goals. They have just nine goals in league play against 15 surrendered in nine matches. Kyle Yost will have a full preview of the match later today that you can read as Spurs prepare for tomorrow’s match.