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Ange Postecoglou could name unrecognisable Tottenham team after Chelsea chaos wiped out four star players

Not even the most pessimistic Tottenham fan could have predicted what would happen on Monday night.

It all started so well. Spurs were 1-0 up over arch-rivals Chelsea and absolutely dominating.

Postecoglou’s face says it all

As Heung-Min Son appeared to make it 2-0 inside 13 minutes, Ange Postecoglou’s unbeaten side seemed to be dancing their way back to the top of the table.

It was just a matter of how much they could embarrass former boss Mauricio Pochettino.

But the assistant referee put his flag up. And from that point onwards, Tottenham’s season start to unravel before their very eyes.

By half-time, Cristian Romero was having an early bath and mulling over a three-match suspension after a straight red card.

He was joined in the locker room by his center-back partner, Micky van de Ven, who appeared to have a hamstring rupture that might keep the Dutchman out for several weeks.

An additional unpleasant development was the withdrawal of charm James Maddison due to an ankle knock.

It was not going to get worse. But, they were able to. After receiving a second yellow card, Destiny Udogie was eliminated from the Spurs squad and Spurs were down to nine players.

Chelsea made every effort to tie the match, but three goals from Nicolas Jackson in the closing minutes handed Tottenham a 4-1 victory and ended their perfect start to the year.

Despite a heroic nine-man effort by Spurs that preserved their pride, the long-term effects for Postecoglou’s team seem to be the most detrimental.

With their alleged lack of depth, many have questioned whether Tottenham can continue to contend for titles.

However, no one anticipated that they would lose their outstanding creative force and all but one of their first-choice back four in one evening.

Oh, and Richarlison, the striker, declared on Tuesday that he would have surgery on his pelvis.

Postecoglou, who are you still planning to play against Wolves? Guglielmo Vicario is still upright in goal.

Pedro Porro, the right-back, is still available as well, but after that, we’re in the reserves.

Veteran Eric Dier, didn’t look like being part of Postecoglou’s plans this season, may well now start alongside one of two England youth players.

On Saturday, teenagers Ashley Phillips and Alfie Dorrington might make their Premier League debuts.

The former was in first place on Tuesday night when the Under-21s lost 4-1 to Cambridge United in the Football League Trophy.

Despite the potential loss of Maddison, Spurs still appear strong in the midfield thanks to Rodrigo Bentancur’s timely comeback.

The Uruguayan will probably start next to Pape Sarr and Yves Bissouma, with Giovani Lo Celso, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Oliver Skipp, and other options.

Above, Postecoglou is able to list Son, Dejan Kulusevski, and Brennan Johnson as an unaltered front three.

It will be interesting to see if Son can maintain his stellar performance when covered in so much cotton.



‘Better position’ – Manager explains why he has dropped Tottenham player

Richarlison has been dropped from the Brazil squad for the upcoming international break, and now the Tottenham Hotspur man has been told why.


It could be shaping up to be yet another difficult season for Richarlison this year, although perhaps not quite as bad as last season.

Under Antonio Conte, the 26-year-old battled with form and health the previous season, finishing with just three goals (Transfermarkt).

Ange Postecoglou has increased Richarlison’s playing time after Harry Kane’s left this summer.

Heung-min Son’s form as the central striker has forced him to the left side of the attack, despite the fact that he has already scored two goals this year (Transfermarkt).

Richarlison, who did not play against Chelsea earlier this week, has subsequently disclosed that he would be undergoing surgery to address a pelvic condition (ESPN).

Why was Richarlison dropped by Brazil?

It’s no surprise then, that Brazil have opted against calling up the Spurs man for the upcoming games against Colombia and Argentina. But we have a definitive answer thanks to Brazil boss Fernando Diniz.

Diniz told Globo Esporte: “I think that more than the system, I have to look at everything that’s going on. I believe

that the players I’ve called up will be more capable of meeting my current expectations.

“Richarlison is a fantastic player; he performed admirably in the world’s biggest competition, the World Cup. He didn’t play as well as he could have, but he wasn’t horrible either, particularly in the first leg against Bolivia and Peru.

“It’s just that he plays with other excellent players on the national team, and right now I would have preferred to call up others.”

To be honest, I have no idea why Gabriel Jesus has been called up, but Richarlison’s predicament makes perfect sense. He isn’t in good enough shape to play for his country, hence he doesn’t deserve the

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