Tottenham Hotspur boss Jose Mourinho has told Football.London that he intends to play a similar team against Wolfsberger as the side that beat them last week.
Spurs return to Europa League action on Wednesday evening, hosting Wolfsberger in the second leg of their knockout clash.
Mourinho’s men picked up a big win in the first leg as they won 4-1, and that should surely be enough to send Spurs through.
Still, Tottenham need to take this game seriously just in case they falter against the Austrian side, and Mourinho will be naming a strong side as a result.
Mourinho has now admitted that he wants to respect the nature of football by naming a ‘strong side’, and claims the team will be ‘very similar’ to the first leg.
That team featured Hugo Lloris, Matt Doherty, Toby Alderweireld, Eric Dier, Ben Davies, Moussa Sissoko, Harry Winks, Gareth Bale, Dele Alli, Lucas Moura and Son Heung-min.
Mourinho has added that Alderweireld will definitely be starting, given that the 31-year-old didn’t feature in Sunday’s defeat at West Ham United.
The Belgian has been in and out of the side lately, and will be hoping for a strong display tomorrow night in order to try and play more regularly.
“In football anything is possible and you always have to be respecting the nature of football and the nature of sport and know anything can happen,” said Mourinho. “But the reality is a 4-1 victory away is very good. So it’s not about losing 3-0 or 2-0 and qualifying, it’s about qualifying and winning the match. So our approach will be very similar to the first leg. We go there with a strong side.”
“I think we’ve played 40 matches this season, plus some national team matches that players also had. It’s impossible to play the same players all the time. Of course we have different competitions and of course we tried to have some fresh players for different matches. Of course when there is no perfection in the collective performances sometimes you try to provide some stability but other times you need to rotate some players. For example Toby didn’t play on Sunday, he plays tomorrow. That’s quite an obvious situation,” he added.