Who's in who's out? How Tottenham could lineup under Jose Mourinho
Who's in who's out? How Tottenham could lineup under Jose Mourinho
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Who's in who's out? How Tottenham could lineup under Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho is officially back in London, but this time he is not taking over at Chelsea, but their rivals Tottenham.

The Special One has been out since leaving Manchester United last season, and he takes over from Argentine Mauricio Pochettino.

Pochettino has had a torrid time at the club in recent months, despite a good run to the Champions League final where they lost 2-0 to Liverpool.  

He leaves behind a side in a bit of a crisis, but one that can be managed considering they are the same team that reached Europe's biggest club competition finals a few months ago. 

The Portugues will, however, walk into a dressing room with a mixed set of players, some who want out while others have been frozen out in the cold. 

His first task at Spurs will be to get the team behind him, and this includes picking his starting team. 

His first match is against London rivals West Ham on Saturday, and many of the players will be eager to impress their new boss. 

Do we expect much change to the side that Pochettino has been picking in recent matches? Here is how Mourinho's Spurs can look like. 

Pochettino's Spurs

Pochettino's troubled season was mirrored in his lineup week in week out. Hugo Lloris' injury forced him to make a change at the back, with Gazzaniga deputizing. 

Wantaway midfielder Christian Eriksen has been in and out of the team a number of times, same as Dele Alli, who has struggled for form. 

In midfield, Harry Winks has been used mostly as a deep-lying midfielder in more of a diamond shape that the Argentine preferred. 

He flourished in the role since he can play as a number six, but unfortunately, he doesn't possess the qualities of a defensive midfielder who can bully offensive players from the opposition. 

At the back, Davinson Sanchez has not quite been the player many expected to see and failed to break the Toby and Jan partnership. 

In midfield, Moussa Sissoko has also been a regular, with Son and Harry Kane first on the team sheets in almost all matches. 

Mourinho's Spurs

In the absence of captain Hugo Lloris, Paulo Gazzaniga is expected to be the undisputed number one keeper at Spurs, at least until the Frenchman returns. 

Serge Aurier seems to be getting back to his best and has starred in a number of matches of Pochettino. He is likely to start at right-back, with Ben Davies starting on the opposite flank. 

In central defense, Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld have created a good partnership, with Davinson Sanchez unable to break into the side despite being a regular for Columbia. 

In midfield, the Portugues will have a host of good players to pick from, but one person who might be back in the team is Eric Dier. 

His versatility as a defensive player will most likely endear him to Mourinho and might have his role back having been in and out of the team. 

Alongside him, new signing Tanguy Ndombele, who has not quite settled at the club following his big-money move can have a role, with Moussa Sissoko playing in front of them and supporting the attack. 

Sissoko's ability to dribble and carry the ball from midfield to dangerous areas can be a weapon for Spurs and Mourinho. 

Giovani Lo Celso is another option in midfield but since he is not fully fit, the three will most likely operate in the middle of the park. 

On the right-wing, Mourinho will be pleased to have a firing Son Heung-min, who has shouldered the scoring burden that Harry Kane has carried for seasons now. 

The special one will most likely draft Christian Eriksen into the starting lineup following a strained relationship with outgoing Pochettino and will take his spot on the left-wing and drifting into the hole behind the striker. 

In Harry Kane, the Portuguese has a world-class striker and there is no debate about that. 

Mourinho's Predicted XI at Tottenham: Paulo Gazzaniga; Serge Aurier, Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen, Ben Davies; Eric Dier, Tanguy Ndombele, Moussa Sissoko; Christian Eriksen, Son Heung-min, Harry Kane

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