After being completely outplayed in the North London Derby, Tottenham Hotspur must bounce back quickly and regroup for Thursday’s trip to Croatia. Fortunately, Spurs are in good shape after keeping a clean sheet in the first leg, and the 2-0 lead over Dinamo Zagreb is likely to hold up when considering both quality of competition and away goals.
Last week’s contest was fairly one-sided, and the final scoreline was well deserved. Harry Kane might not have had to work too hard for either of his goals, but intelligent positioning is a big part of his game, and Jose Mourinho has already stated that the in-form striker will be involved again this week.
Tottenham’s five match winning streak was snapped in disappointing fashion, but it does not take away the fact that the club has been solid lately against lesser opponents. With all due respect to Dinamo, this one should be seen out comfortably, allowing Spurs to progress to the Europa League Quarterfinals for the first time since the 2012/13 season.
Mourinho is clearly prioritizing the competition and will play as strong of a lineup as he deems necessary. Spurs are therefore likely to open with some regular starters before taking advantage of the additional allowed substitutions. Should they hang on to win the tie, the quarterfinal (and semifinal) draw will occur at 8:00 am ET/12:00 pm BT on Friday.
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