Tottenham Hotspur play their third and penultimate pre-season match against a troubled Real Madrid side, who have had issues on and off the field, on Tuesday at the Allianz Arena. Spurs have had a few injury worries which has resulted in them playing youngsters in the first two pre-season games against Juventus and Manchester United.
Manager Mauricio Pochettino will hope to have some of his senior players back as they build towards an exciting Premier League season.
PREDICTED TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR LINEUP VS REAL MADRID (4-1-2-1-2)
Spurs’ No. 1 Hugo Lloris could play his first game of pre-season after missing the first two games due to an illness. The Frenchman returned to England from the pre-season tour of Asia but could return for the game against Real Madrid.
Tottenham will be without full-backs Ben Davies and Serge Aurier, and it is unlikely that Danny Rose will return after Spurs placed him on the transfer list. Kyle Walker-Peters will continue at right-back, while another young player, Anthony Georgiou, will start at left-back.
20-year-old Japhet Tanganga started at centre-back for both pre-season games against Juventus and Manchester United, playing alongside the experienced Jan Vertonghen. We could maybe see him be replaced by Argentine defender Juan Foyth.
Eric Dier is still out of action due to injury, while Victor Wanyama seems set to leave Spurs, which means that Harry Winks will continue to play at the base of midfield in the 4-1-2-1-2 formation that Pochettino employs at Spurs. Tanguy Ndombele could get a longer run out against Real Madrid, and he could be joined by 18-year-old Oliver Skipp, who has impressed so far. The attacking midfield role at the tip of the diamond formation could be occupied by Dele Alli.
Harry Kane will most likely start the game against Real Madrid in the centre-forward position. 17-year-old forward Troy Parrott has been very impressive in pre-season against both Juventus and Manchester United, and manager Mauricio Pochettino will be tempted to give him another run alongside Kane, but senior players like Lucas Moura and Son Heung-min will also need a run out before the start of the season.