Tottenham team predicted against Man City: Conte makes tactical reshuffle and big change to the left
Antonio Conte faces a tough challenge if he is to get Tottenham Hotspur back on track in the Premier League.
Spurs take on runaway league leaders Manchester City after a three-game losing streak in the competition. The Italian has some injury problems in his side, plus a player who tested positive for Covid.
Conte could be tempted to switch to a 3-5-2 formation after Southampton and Wolves took over the midfield using an extra man in Spurs’ last two meetings.
Oliver Skipp’s infectious complications with his groin injury mean this game is coming too soon for him, which could mean a three-man midfield of Harry Winks, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Rodrigo Bentancur.
The alternative could be if Conte feels Dejan Kulusevski could provide more creativity as one of the central threes.
The head coach has confirmed that Eric Dier will return to center back three following his thigh injury.
One player who appeared absent from the training photos and various videos released by the club this week was left-back Sergio Reguilon.
If the Spaniard misses the game at the Etihad Stadium, then Conte will have to decide between playing 21-year-old Ryan Sessegnon or moving the more experienced Ben Davies to winger and bringing in another centre-back in his place.
It would mean a choice between Davinson Sanchez, who has been out of form and looked uncomfortable on the left in the past, or Joe Rodon, who had little game time under Conte but played on the left centre-backs at Swansea. Conte, however, seems to prefer Sanchez.
Here is the team we think Conte will go with.
3-5-2: Loris; Romero, Dier, Sanchez; Emerson, Hojbjerg, Winks, Bentancur, Davies; Kane, son.