After yet another disappointing defeat, Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs will hope to raise their game against third-place Leeds in the Premier League on Wednesday. Leeds, meanwhile, will be looking to build on their impressive recent form ahead of the new season.
With another defeat on their travels, Tottenham can’t afford another slip-up against Leeds. Last season, United comfortably brushed aside the Championship side with an opening-day 4-0 rout in December. And the result means the newly-crowned champions will travel to Elland Road knowing they can be assured of a place in the top flight next season.
Pochettino is hopeful of winning the Champions League, and with the Europa League proving to be more lucrative than the Premier League, it will not come at the expense of his Barclays Premier League plans.
The main concern for the Argentine will be the form of his starting XI, with Pochettino revealing that nine players started the friendly match with Manchester City, while 11 players started the League Cup match against Southampton.
He will be desperate to avoid another humbling, and the coming tests could prove very demanding if his team doesn’t regain their lost confidence.
Claudio Ranieri’s Leeds will hope to build on their strong finish in the Championship last season, and will be confident in their ability to dominate this fixture in West Yorkshire. Their form shows there is certainly a positive attitude within the club. They have won their last five league matches, all at home.
Spurs have completed their pre-season fixtures with an impressive victory over Corinthians of Brazil last weekend, which could inspire them today.
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