Team News: Tottenham Hotspur
Quique Sánchez Flores says he has a deep enough squad to cope with injuries and is striving to make the team more than the sum of its individual parts.
The Head Coach will be without Étienne Capoue, Sebastian Prödl, Troy Deeney and Isaac Success for the club's first ever trip to Tottenham's new stadium.
Capoue (back), Prödl (hamstring) and Success (groin) have been out running this week while Deeney (knee) made a significant step in his rehabilitation by running on the anti-gravity treadmill for the first time, but the game against Spurs will come too soon in their respective rehabilitation.
Sánchez Flores has spent the week focussing on the players he does have available to him and he put the squad through a real intense session on Wednesday, lasting more than two hours as he seeks to up the ante for a crucial set of games.
“We have Capoue, Deeney, Prödl and Success out, but we try to find a good solution,” he said. “This is our mentality. We have others ready to play. We cannot depend on one player. We have lots of players with high quality and skill.”
The Head Coach hopes to have Prödl and Capoue in contention to face Bournemouth, while Deeney is a bit further away.
“Maybe between 4-5 weeks,” said Sánchez Flores. “I guess in two or three weeks he is running again. The medical staff are working really well.”
Sánchez Flores was thrilled with the clean sheet against Sheffield United as it means it gives his side a base on which to mount a recovery operation. But he knows recording a blank against a newly promoted side does not all of a sudden mean his side are watertight.
The Head Coach has been drilling the side defensively during the international break, working again and again on the shape of the backline and the positioning of the midfielders in front.
“We've corrected a lot of things after the clean sheet,” he said. “Zero goals doesn't mean everything was good. We made a lot of mistakes and we didn't play the way we want, but sometimes football is like this. We didn't concede important chances. It's okay but we need to work hard to be the solid team we are looking for.”