Jose Mourinho has suggested he will rotate his squad ahead of Tottenham’s Europa League first leg clash with Wolfsberg tomorrow evening.
Spurs begin their knockout stage campaign with a trip to face the Austrian outfit in the last 32, with the north London side regarded as strong favourites against the lowest-ranked side in the competition.
Mourinho’s side will be looking to arrest their recent poor form after losing five of their past six fixtures in all competitions, including an extra-time exit to Everton in the FA Cup last week and a 3-0 defeat at Manchester City.
Mourinho says the demands of those clashes will see him rotate his options tomorrow night, suggesting a host of fringe players will be handed an opportunity as Spurs begin their quest to reach the latter stages.
“The team that I’m going to pick is the strongest I can pick for the game,” Mourinho told his pre-match press conference.
“Last week we played two games in a very short space and I had players who ran more than 28km on a Wednesday night and then Saturday afternoon is crazy, so of course I would like to play with all my first choices but that is not possible. The players that are playing are good players.”
Wolfsberg currently sit sixth in the Austrian Bundesliga and reached the knockout stages for the first time in their history after finishing as runners-up to Dinamo Zagreb in Group K, their clash with Spurs the first time the side have met English opposition in Europe.
Spurs have already visited Austria in this season’s competition having drawn 3-3 with LASK during the group stages in December.