Tottenham took apart European champions Real Madrid with startling ease at Wembley last night but ahead of this weekend’s clash with Crystal Palace, they’re facing up to the fact that Toby Aldeweireld definitely won’t be taking part.
Toby Alderweireld confirms he'll be out with a hamstring injury for a few weeks. pic.twitter.com/c4vq4aXZCU
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After a frustratingly flat performance against Manchester United at Old Trafford last Saturday, Mauricio Pochettino welcomed Harry Kane back into the side for the visit of Zidane’s superstars but it was Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen who were left lapping up the adulation of the home fans by the time the game was brought to a close.
It was a night Tottenham fans will remember for years if not decades to come but when the aforementioned Aldeweireld was forced off with a hamstring injury in just the 24th minute, things looked far less rosy for the Lillywhites. Replaced by Moussa Sissoko with the scores still locked at 0-0, the Belgian international will have been fearing the worst but his teammates managed to take the lead just three minutes later and never looked back.
Of course, the strength in depth available to Pochettino, alongside the confidence they’ve gained from last night’s stunning victory will convince many that they’ll roll Palace over with consummate ease at Wembley on Sunday but there is always a chance of complacency sneaking into the minds of players who’ve just produced such a startling result.
This season alone, Spurs have drawn at home to Swansea after a scintillating 3-1 win over Dortmund just three days previously, whilst also coming straight off a ridiculously impressive 4-1 demolition of Liverpool to surrender a three goal lead to West Ham the following Wednesday. Put quite simply, they’re struggling a tad to motivate themselves after the bigger tests in their fixture list and whilst that’s totally understandable, it’s something Roy Hodgson and his players should be looking to capitalise on this Sunday.