Tottenham vs LASK – LIVE!
Carlos Vinicius made an impressive debut for Tottenham as he created two goals in a 3-0 win in the Europa League Group J win over LASK.
Vinicius was starting for the first time as Jose Mourinho gave Harry Kane the night off and he made goals in either half for Lucas Moura and Son Heung-min, while he would have also netted himself had Andres Andrade not scored an own goal.
Gareth Bale started the first game of his second spell and made that goal where Andrade put through his own net, but it is clear the Welshman is still some way off his peak physical condition.
It was a comfortable night for Mourinho’s men in north London as they were not tested against a weak Austrian side and made a good start to a hectic group stage which is packed into an eight-week period.
Stick with us for all the build-up, action and reaction.
Kick off is at 8pm BST.
Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho confirmed Eric Dier and Japhet Tanganga would miss the Europa League game against LASK Linz.
Dier (hamstring) and Tanganga (thigh) were absent from training on Wednesday, but Erik Lamela and Giovani Lo Celso were back after missing the weekend match with West Ham.
Mourinho refused to give any hints about his team selection, other than that Davinson Sanchez would start.
“The only player I can confirm is starting is Davinson Sanchez, who will be at the press conference,” Mourinho said. “The only thing I ask is that you don’t ask him about his amazing goal on Sunday.”
Summer signing Carlos Vinicius is expected to make his debut, while Mourinho must also decide if Dele Alli will feature after again leaving the England international out of the squad entirely on Sunday.
Predicted Tottenham XI to face LASK (4-2-3-1): Lloris; Doherty, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Davies; Lo Celso, Winks, Ndombele; Lucas, Kane, Bale
Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho is refusing to accept tags of ‘Spursy’ being aimed at his current team as he embarks on his attempt to win a third Europa League on Thursday.
Mourinho’s men were coasting to the three points against the Hammers, leading 3-0, until they shipped three goals in the final eight minutes.
Spurs have a chance to put things right against LASK on Thursday.
“We’re going to try,” he said. “It’s the third time I played the competition and the other two times, one with Porto and one with (Manchester) United, we managed to win it.
“So the record in the Europa League is great, never knocked out. Of course, lost a few matches in the group phase but managed always to win it.”
Jose Mourinho confirmed yesterday that Danny Rose was no longer part of his first-team plans after the England full back was left out of Tottenham’s Premier League squad on Tuesday.
“Danny wanted very, very much to leave in the January window last season. Why? Because he wanted to play and play and play,” Mourinho said.
“With Danny, the players and agents make the market. If the agent didn’t find a solution for Danny to move then it’s a question you have to ask him.”
As Tottenham return to the scene of their embarrassment tonight, the inquest into their late collapse against West Ham has been largely inconclusive, writes Dan Kilpatrick.
Since Sunday’s 3-3 draw, even Jose Mourinho has struggled to convincingly explain how his side conceded three times in the final eight minutes.
Spurs will be grateful for the chance to quickly put it behind them when they begin the Europa League group stage against LASK.~
Mourinho has escaped criticism for the implosion, but he deserves a share of the blame and, like his players, he was guilty of assuming the game was won.
Of his substitutions, two went relatively unremarked amid the sideshow of Gareth Bale’s second debut, but the decision to replace Tanguy Ndombele was arguably as big a reason as any for Spurs’s slump.
Even before Ndombele’s replacement, Harry Winks, failed to clear for Manuel Lanzini’s stunning equaliser, the Frenchman’s exit emboldened West Ham.
More than anyone, Ndombele had compelled Spurs to play on the front foot in another impressive outing. Although he was on the pitch for just 72 minutes, no Spurs player completed more successful passes in West Ham’s half than Ndombele’s 34 and, without him, the hosts slunk deeper and became increasingly passive.
By the time of Lanzini’s sucker-punch, Spurs had almost entirely ceded midfield supremacy to Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek.
Michael Owen, speaking to BetVictor, has backed Tottenham to win tonight and shake off any lingering disappointments from their draw with West Ham.
“Spurs come into their first European fixture of the season after an indifferent start to their domestic campaign,” he said.
“Jose Mourinho’s men will see this as a more than achievable three points, and possibly more significantly, as a springboard into their next Premier League fixture against Burnley.
“On their day LASK can be a tricky side to play against, but I feel Tottenham will have too much here.”
The former Tottenham striker told Betfair: “After Messi and Ronaldo, Harry Kane and Robert Lewandowski are two of the best talents in our sport.”
He added: “Kane and Son are a joy to watch, two magnificent players who know each other perfectly. They remind me of me and Keano, they are almost telepathic.
“They understand that football isn’t a selfish game, that when you try to set up your team-mate and play for them, you end up playing better yourself and it helps the team.
“Right now, they are just having fun playing together, it’s the perfect partnership. Spurs have LASK tonight in the Europa League, and on paper they are much better than them, so I want to see them just go out and play freely.
We will have Dan Kilpatrick at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this evening, who will be providing reaction and analysis as Spurs’ Europa League journey continues.
With kick-off at 8pm BST, we’d be expecting full starting lineups at around 6:45pm of so this evening.
Predicted XI (4-2-3-1): Lloris; Doherty, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Davies; Lo Celso, Winks, Ndombele; Lucas, Kane, Bale
Mourinho targets Europa League hat-trick
Jose Mourinho is targeting a Europa League hat-trick, but warned it will not be easy for his Tottenham side to get out of the group amid “completely crazy fixture congestion”.
Spurs begin their European campaign proper in earnest with a visit from Austrians LASK after coming through three gruelling qualifying rounds.
Mourinho has already won the Europa League with Porto (when it was the Uefa Cup) and Manchester United, and wants to join Giovanni Trapattoni and Unai Emery by winning Uefa’s secondary club competition three times.
“We’re going to try [to win it],” the Spurs boss said. “It’s the third time I played the competition and the other two times we managed to win it. So the record is great, never knocked out. Of course, lost a few matches in the group phase, but managed always to win it.
Tottenham team news
Starting XI: Hart, Doherty, Sanchez, Davies (C), Reguilon, Hojbjerg, Winks, Lamela, Bale, Lucas, Vinicius
Subs: Lloris, Austin, Aurier, Alderweireld, Sissoko, Ndombele, Clarke, Lo Celso, Dele, Bergwijn, Son, Kane
Bale and Vinicius START
The headline news from a Tottenham perspective is that Gareth Bale makes the first start of his second spell at the club, while fellow summer signing Carlos Vinicius is handed a debut up front.
Mourinho makes eight changes in total to the side that collapsed against West Ham on Sunday, with only Davinson Sanchez, Sergio Reguilon and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg retaining their starting berths.
Joe Hart starts in goal, with Ben Davies captaining Spurs this evening on what appears to be a rare outing as a makeshift centre-back.
Harry Kane and Heung-min Son are both held in reserve if needed.
Clarke and Lo Celso on bench
Included on a 12-man Spurs bench in N17 is Jack Clarke, the teenage midfielder who has yet to appear for the club since joining from Leeds in July 2019 and embarking upon underwhelming loan spells back at Elland Road and at QPR.
Could we see his debut tonight, if things go well for the hosts?
Giovani Lo Celso is also deemed fit enough to be named as a substitute after a thigh injury, while Mourinho names two back-up goalkeepers in Hugo Lloris and Brandon Austin.
Standard Sport’s Dan Kilpatrick at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Jose Mourinho has showcased the strength of his Tottenham squad by making eight changes from the 3-3 draw with West Ham, with Gareth Bale’s first start of his second stint the most eye-catching selection.
The Welshman is expected to play on the right of a front three after a 20-minute run out against the Hammers. In years gone by, Harry Kane would probably have had to start this type of game but Mourinho is also able to hand a debut to back-up striker Carlos Vinicius, who was signed for exactly this type of occasion.
In the absence of Eric Dier, Japhet Tanganga and the ineligible Joe Rodon, captain Ben Davies starts at centre-half in a back two and it will be intriguing to see if Mourinho considers the Welshman there in the Premier League, given Spurs’ absence of a natural left-sided centre-half.
Tellingly, there is still no place for Dele Alli, with Erik Lamela likely to play no10, and the England international is part of the surely the strongest bench in the club’s history, with two goalkeepers, Harry Kane and Heung-min Son also among the 12 subs.
Here’s a quick look at how the visitors line up this evening before the action gets under way…
LASK: Schlager, Wiesinger, Trauner, Andrade, Ranftl, Holland, Michorl, Renner, Gruber, Raguz, Balic
Subs: Filipovic, Eggestein, Ramsebner, Potzmann, Madsen, Cheberko, Lawal, Goiginger, Grgic, Gebauer
We are under way at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium!
5 mins: Bale is operating on the right-hand side of Tottenham’s front four, with Erik Lamela playing the no10 role.
LASK are forced into an early change as Australian midfielder James Holland picks up an injury and is replaced by Lukas Grgic.
Kick-off time and venue
Tottenham vs LASK is scheduled for an 8pm BST kick-off tonight.
The match will be played behind closed doors at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium with no fans due to be present due to government guidelines regarding coronavirus.
How to watch
TV channel: The match will be televised live on BT Sport 2 and BT Sport Ultimate.
Live stream: BT Sport subscribers will be able to stream the match online via the video player and the BT Sport app.
Tottenham XI: Hart, Doherty, Sanchez, Davies (C), Reguilon, Hojbjerg, Winks, Lamela, Bale, Lucas, Vinicius
Subs: Lloris, Austin, Aurier, Alderweireld, Sissoko, Ndombele, Clarke, Lo Celso, Dele, Bergwijn, Son, Kane
Prediction: Tottenham 2-0 LASK
This Spurs team can score goals, which they have proven plenty recently. Their frailties at the back should not come to haunt them on Thursday, despite expected changes.
Head to head (h2h) history and results
This will be the first meeting between the teams.
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