Tottenham Hotspur and Borussia Dortmund go head-to-head this week.
Tottenham Hotspur’s players have been put through their paces ahead of the second leg of their Europa League last-16 tie against Borussia Dortmund with a surprise inclusion for 16-year-old central midfielder Nya Kirby.
The German club lead 3-0 from the first leg and such was their overall performance that it seems highly unlikely Spurs will be able to claw back that deficit and qualify for the quarter-finals.
The starting XI Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino opts for on Thursday will go a long way to showing how much he still wants to win this competition and how much he is focusing on the Premier League.
As things stand Tottenham are five points behind league leaders Leicester City but it will only take one slip from the Foxes to let the North London club back into it
That said, for now the focus is on Dortmund and Kirby’s inclusion in training could go some way to suggesting how Tottenham are likely to approach this clash.
At just 16 he is highly unlikely to get any more than a place on the bench at the very best, but there could be starting places for Harry Winks, Josh Onomah and – potentially – Shayon Harrison – who all trained this week.