This could quite literally be the most important team selection of Jose Mourinho’s reign as Tottenham Hotspur coach.
The north Londoners suffered one of the most humiliating defeats in their recent history in midweek, somehow contriving to throw away a two-goal buffer, losing 3-0 in the second leg against a Dinamo Zagreb team whose manager was recently imprisoned for fraud.
*Insert “Maybe the Spurs players should face the same punishment for their fraudulent performances on Thursday” joke here.*
Seriously though, there is chaos and unrest flooding through White Hart Lane, and for all his legendary traits, arresting a slide is not Mourinho’s forte.
His main job for Sunday is as follows: pick 11 players who are capable (and more crucially, willing) to win a football match. Spurs are taking on a stingy Aston Villa side in the midlands, and they cannot afford to get this one wrong.
Lose, and the pressure on Daniel Levy to sack his idol Mourinho could be too strong to ignore. But should the Portugese mastermind pick the XI that 90min recommends, he should live to fight another day. Check it out below.