Francis comments on Spurs team selection against Dortmund

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Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Gerry Francis has had his say on the type of side Mauricio Pochettino may select against Borussia Dortmund.

 

Former Tottenham Hotspur boss Gerry Francis has told Sky Sports News, broadcast on March 16 at 11.30am, that Mauricio Pochettino will still look to field a strong side against Borussia Dortmund in the Europa League on Thursday night.

 

Last Thursday, Spurs succumbed to a 3-0 defeat against the Bundesliga giants in Germany, leaving the club with an uphill task during the second leg at White Hart Lane.

 

The aggregate scoreline could result in Pochettino opting to name a weakened team with Spurs looking to maintain their challenge for the Premier League title when they host Bournemouth on Sunday.

 

However, Francis, who managed Spurs between 1994 and 1997, feels that the Argentine will still select a strong starting lineup, but suggested that the inclusion of key players such as Harry Kane will depend on whether he truly believes that his side can pull off what would be a remarkable comeback.

 

 

Francis said: "I think it depends on whether Pochettino thinks they have a chance of turning this around. I think he will play a strong side.

 

"Personally, having seen Dortmund a fair bit, I cannot see them scoring four goals and Dortmund not scoring so I think they will struggle, and obviously his other eye will be on the Bournemouth game because it's Tottenham's greatest chance to win the title.

"When you are 3-0 down against a top side from the Bundesliga, it is going to be a big ask. I guess it depends on who he feels he can take a chance with."

Pochettino came in for criticism when naming a weakened team in the first leg, but supporters are likely to be more understanding should he decide to rest a number of players for the return fixture.

Spurs currently sit five points adrift of leaders Leicester City in the Premier League table, and also possess a greater goal difference with eight games remaining.

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