Tottenham Hotspur will use their match with APOEL Nicosia on Wednesday night as a chance to rest some players, whilst giving others the chance to prove themselves.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men have already qualified for the knock-out stages of the tournament and have topped their group, with impressive victories against Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund along the way.

Tottenham will now host the Cypriots at Wembley Stadium ahead of the draw on Monday morning and see it as an ideal opportunity to give some of their key players a chance to feature.

Although the Argentine manager remained coy on who would be rested and who would feature, he did acknowledge that Dele Alli would be starting the tie.

The Tottenham midfielder had missed the first three matches due to suspension and Pochettino is keen for him to get some more minutes under his belt within European competition.

“We are going to rest some players, of course,” he told the club’s official website.

“We are going to rotate the starting 11 but Dele is going to play. He missed three Champions League games because he was banned (for our first three group matches) and he is fresh to play.”

Pochettino also confirmed Luke Amos and Kazaiah Sterling will both be involved with the Tottenham squad for their match with APOEL as he looks to see the quality they can offer the team in the future.

“Some players will have the possibility to play and show they can help the team in the future and fight to be a regular,” he added.

“We’re going to play with a strong team. It’s important that everyone takes the game seriously and it’s a good opportunity to show your condition, your quality and knock on the door saying ‘I’m ready’ if you want to be a regular in the first team. It’s a good opportunity and we want to finish in a good way.”

Tottenham will, however, be without three for the clash with APOEL as Toby Alderweireld (hamstring), Victor Wanyama (knee) and Erik Lamela (ineligible) remain unavailable for selection.


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