Glenn Hoddle warns Tottenham's centre-backs regarding Chicharito

Picture Supplied by Action Images - Javier Hernandez

Spurs are likely to play Eric Dier at the back with Jan Vertonghen this evening.

Picture Supplied by Action Images - Javier HernandezPicture Supplied by Action Images - Javier Hernandez

Former Tottenham Hotspur player and manager Glenn Hoddle has given a warning to Spurs centre-backs ahead of tonight’s Champions League tie against Bayer Leverkusen.

Hoddle was talking in his Unibet preview ahead of the Champions League clash later today – when he lavished praise on the Leverkusen front-man Javier Hernandez.

The former Manchester United player, better known to some as Chicharito, has been in very good form this season for the Bundesliga outfit – scoring seven goals in nine appearances.

20-20 Football Technical Director Glenn Hoddle during the press conference20-20 Football Technical Director Glenn Hoddle during the press conference

Hoddle believes he is much like Michael Owen in his pomp and that Tottenham’s two central defenders will have a real task on their hands keeping him at bay.

Hoddle stated:

“He looks to get on the outside of defenders of in between the centre-halves.

Michael Owen scores for England v Brazil - 2002Michael Owen scores for England v Brazil - 2002

“It’s important for the two centre-halves, they’ve got to be on the open, they’ve got to be on the swivel. Their neck(s) have got to be working.

“If you are attracted to the ball for more than two seconds against this lad then he’ll be in behind you. That’s what he’s waiting for.

“He reminds me very much of Michael Owen at his very best.”

Tottenham will be without their star centre-back Toby Alderweireld for their fixture with Leverkusen tonight, which is undoubtedly a huge blow.

Tottenham's Eric Dier in action with Monaco's Radamel FalcaoTottenham's Eric Dier in action with Monaco's Radamel Falcao

It means Pochettino is likely to drop Eric Dier in alongside Jan Vertonghen – although Kevin Wimmer and Cameron Carter-Vickers will also be in contention.

Whoever does play at the back for Spurs today they are going to undoubtedly know they’ve been in a game if Chicharito decides to be at his best at the BayArena.

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