The important tactical switch Pochettino should make against Fiorentina

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Tottenham Hotspur's Mousa Dembele could be utilised in a defensive midfield role against Fiorentina on Thursday night.

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino may need to think about deploying Mousa Demeble in a deeper role against Fiorentina on Thursday. 

Demeble has shone in the number 10 position in recent times, but Pochettino could be well served by dropping him back a place in the Europa League

Although Dembele has previously struggled in the shielding role, he copes far better there in European competition when he is allowed more time on the ball.

In the Premier League the fast tempo of matches can expose his lack of mobility, but Dembele's technical ability comes to the fore in the slower paced Europa League. 

His inclusion in the team would bring creativity and skill from a deep position and Pochettino could find that crucial to his team's chances of success in the tie. 

Tottenham need to travel to Italy with a lead to defend and their goalscoring threat looks increased if they can play an attacking quartet in front of a deep-lying playmaker like Dembele. 

Pochettino has favoured the partnership of Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb as his midfield axis so far this campaign, but in Europe there may be question marks over whether they are the best duo. 

In English football their energy and exuberance helps Spurs dominate midfield battles, but there is less need for tireless workers in European football, where strategy and tactics are more important. 

It means that Dembele becomes an appealing choice to start and Pochettino is likely to be well served by selecting him in a defensive midfield role against Fiorentina. 

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