Tottenham v Dinamo Zagreb

Tottenham will be without Giovani lo Celso when they host Dinamo Zagreb in the first leg of their Europa League last-16 tie on Thursday.

The Argentine midfielder was closing in on a return from a hamstring injury but misses out with a back problem.

Dinamo are likely to be without right-back Sadegh Moharrami, who has been injured since January.

However, midfielder Bartol Franjic returns from suspension and is in contention to start.

Aside from Lo Celso, Joe Rodon is Tottenham’s only absentee with the defender not registered for the competition.

Manager Jose Mourinho has indicated he will make several changes to his starting XI as Spurs seek their fifth consecutive victory in all competitions.

“Am I going to repeat the same team that played against Crystal Palace? No, I’m going to make a few changes,” Mourinho said.

“But the team is working very well, everybody is training hard, everybody is pushing to play, so for me it doesn’t matter who is playing as our team is going to be strong.”

Having delivered four goals and an assist in his last three outings, Mourinho did not confirm whether that would include the rejuvenated Gareth Bale, saying he wants to manage the Wales forward’s minutes.

“I want the momentum to keep going but we have to manage him,” Mourinho said.

“The communication is very good, I believe he trusts me. I trust his experience and judgement and his knowledge of his body.

“He’s playing well, of course I’d like him to be on the pitch for 90 minutes of every match but it’s not possible.”

Spurs play the Croatian side at home on Thursday after the legs were reversed to ensure they do not play in London on the same night as Arsenal, who travel to Greece to play Olympiakos.

Gunners boss Mikel Arteta says that has provided Tottenham with an advantage before this Sunday’s north London derby, but Mourinho was critical of that suggestion and pointed to the week before the reverse fixture in December.

“On 6 December we played against Arsenal in our stadium,” Mourinho added.

“On 3 December Arsenal played at home against Rapid Vienna. At the same time we were playing in the ice in Linz against LASK Linz. We landed in London at 03:00 GMT. Was that an advantage to Arsenal?”

MATCH FACTS

  • Tottenham Hotspur and Dinamo Zagreb have met only once before in European competition; Spurs beat Dinamo 4-0 at home during the group stages of the Uefa Cup in 2008-09, a game in which Darren Bent scored a hat-trick.
  • Tottenham Hotspur have played Croatian opposition on seven previous occasions, with six of those being against Hajduk Split. They have won five times and lost twice, with both of those defeats away to Hajduk (1984 and 1991).
  • Dinamo Zagreb have lost nine of their last 10 matches against English sides in European competition, winning the other game 2-1 against Arsenal in the Champions League group stages in 2015.
  • Dinamo Zagreb have won each of their last six matches in the Europa League, embarking on their longest ever winning run in major European competition.
  • Harry Kane has scored 28 goals in his last 33 starts for Spurs in major European competition, including seven in his last six.

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wasdanspurs
1 year ago

I’ll be watching through fingers and fearing the worst: https://flatoeuf.com/its-now-lets-dare-day/#more-2856

Paleo
Paleo
1 year ago

The day I dread,get excited about,have bouts of hope and fear in equal measure,and rarely take part in has finally come.The dogs gonna get plenty of walkies.

merrance
merrance
1 year ago

when we pick up the 3 points tomorrow the goons will ne ruined for this season.
It might even provoke ronwol out of retirement for a gloating appearance.

61 Spurs Njut 🌰
Admin
1 year ago

Yeah, City’s rotation is a bitch.

Matt
Matt
1 year ago

Big statement tomorrow if we can take 3 points. My team;

lloris
Doherty
Sanchez
alderweireld
reguilon
holjberg
ndombele
Bale
moura
son
kane

if bale can’t make it; Lamela.

Chauveljn
1 year ago
Reply to  Matt

I think so. Close though, Dele might be in contention.

Chauveljn
1 year ago

Wow! If West Ham can’t win at Old Trafford 4th is wide open. Win our games in hand and we go above Everton and Chelsea.

Chauveljn
1 year ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

And the Gooners will know how it’s even more important to prevent us winning tomorrow.

DAVID
DAVID
1 year ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

Its opening up for us… or West Ham!

61 Spurs Njut 🌰
Admin
1 year ago

Six points on Merseyside for Burnley. Well done!

merrance
merrance
1 year ago

merson is not bamber gascoigne in disguise

Chauveljn
1 year ago
Reply to  merrance

It’d have to be a bloody good disguise!

DAVID
DAVID
1 year ago

Everton making Burnley look good so far.

Funkenschlag!
Admin
1 year ago

R.I.P. Murray Walker. Wotta guy!!

Chauveljn
1 year ago
Reply to  Funkenschlag!

Ah! Sad news. 😔

61 Spurs Njut 🌰
Admin
1 year ago
Reply to  Funkenschlag!

😢 RIP Murray

Bruxie
Bruxie
1 year ago

Chauve…

You were up to no good sawing a lock in the early hours – what’s your excuse for this little get together?

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-gloucestershire-56386595

Chauveljn
1 year ago
Reply to  Bruxie

Those silly boogers are on t’other side of the river.

DAVID
DAVID
1 year ago

England rugby Union team finally serve up something worth watching even though they are down 4 points at half time.

Bruxie
Bruxie
1 year ago

If Toffes win I win £35…

I’m torn.

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
1 year ago
Reply to  Bruxie

Sorry They’re a goal down

Yay They’re a goal down

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
1 year ago

West Brom with 5 minutes to essentially save their season and the tempo doesn’t even go up a notch. Whatevs.

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
1 year ago
Chauveljn
1 year ago

Hoorah!!!

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Chauveljn
1 year ago

That defending is abysmal. Three defenders standing like statues.

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