Tottenham Hotspur take on Liverpool in the Champions League final in Madrid on Saturday night, but we are still none the wiser to whether Harry Kane will start the big match.
The England captain has been out of the Spurs set up over the last couple of months due to injury, but the three week break between the end of the Premier League campaign and this clash has given him long enough to regain fitness and be available for the contest.
Tottenham made it through the semi-final of the elite European competition without their talisman, with his replacement, Lucas Moura, scoring a hat-trick in Amsterdam which got the London outfit past Ajax and into this final.
It is a big evening for Spurs, who have made enormous strides under Pochettino, but as yet haven’t won a major trophy under him, something they are now 90 minutes away from doing.
The Argentine faced the media ahead of the match, where he was inevitably questioned about the likelihood of the Tottenham striker starting the contest.
“It’s not going to be easy taking a decision tomorrow but it was difficult in the last game we played and in the quarter-final and in the semi-final. In every single game we have to make decisions. Tomorrow is another decision.” The Spurs official website quote him as saying.
“For sure, we have all the information. We know every single detail and we are going to take the best decision to try to win. Always in football it’s so painful when this type of game arrives. You can only use 11 players from the beginning. All decisions are important, but it’s part of my job to select the starting 11 and try to win the game.”
Whoever starts up top for Tottenham out in Madrid will have to get the better of the PFA Premier League player of the season in Virgil van Dijk, something that could see Moura retained in the side for his extra pace.
Should Spurs record a momentous victory, it would complete a dream campaign for the North London outfit – MustardBet have Pochettino’s side as outsiders at odds of 4.482.
A draw would add to the suspense, taking the game into extra time and possibly penalties – odds of 3.551 are available at MustardBet for the teams to be all square at the end of 90 minutes.
Liverpool are looking to go one step better than last season and MustardBet have the Reds as favourites, with odds of 1.926 for them to prevail.