Tottenham Hotspur’s starting line-up against Everton on Sunday had a couple of notable names missing.
Star winger Erik Lamela and club captain Younes Kaboul both were left on the substitutes’ bench for the Premier League clash at White Hart Lane, along with midfielder Paulinho.
Benjamin Stambouli was not even in the matchday squad, but Tottenham still won 2-1 despite going behind in the early stages of the encounter.
It was one of the best performances from Tottenham and arguably their best at home so far this season, and one wonders whether manager Mauricio Pochettino needs to make any changes for the showdown with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.
Perhaps not. After all, all the 11 players who started against Everton played well and stepped up to the challenge. Even Roberto Soldado scored with a deft finish.
There have been suggestions that Pochettino is still trying to find his best XI, and although one single win on a Sunday evening is not going to convince him, he should preserve with the players who started against Everton.
One change that the Argentine boss could make to his line-up is bring in Stambouli in place of Nabil Bentaleb, assuming that the summer signing is fully fit and available.
Winning against Chelsea at the Bridge will be a huge task and player-for-player the Blues would win, but Tottenham showed on Sunday that they can rise to the occasion.
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