Picking a Tottenham side to face Chelsea at the weekend 10

This is a very impressive looking Tottenham side, but any discussion of what they might be capable of should be delayed until about 2.45pm on Saturday - after they’ve hosted Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea at White Hart Lane.

Here’s a preferred Spurs line-up for the weekend with the reasoning below:

- If Younes Kaboul is fit enough to start, then he should - Michael Dawson has never had a great time against Chelsea, and with the amount of pace and trickery that exists in the visiting team, he would be an obvious weakness. Kaboul is quicker and stronger, and his physical attributes are a much better-fit for this fixture.

- Should Danny Rose not recover from injury in time, then Jan Vertonghen should be moved to left-back and Dawson should come into the side in his place - Kyle Naughton is an accident waiting to happen in most games, and the thought of him lining-up against either Juan Mata or Andre Schurrle is flatly terrifying.

- Sandro showed in mid-week against Aston Villa that he’s back to his bullying best, and that makes him an essential inclusion on Saturday. Mousa Dembele played extremely well in Wales on Sunday, but he’s not strong enough in the tackle or defensively disciplined enough to be tasked with nullifying Chelsea’s attacking-midfield. Both Sandro and Paulinho will know Oscar’s game inside-out, and that is the obvious pairing for Andre Villas-Boas to start with.

- You don’t spend £30m on a player, and then sit him on the bench during a marquee fixture, and as such Erik Lamela should replace Andros Townsend on the right-hand side. Townsend has been very dynamic this season, but he’s not ready to face someone of Ashley Cole’s defensive ability, and Spurs just can’t afford to carry someone in this game who will inevitably be extremely wasteful in the attacking third. Townsend is an important squad player at White Hart Lane, and against lower-half opposition in the Premier League he may well prove to be a match-winner this season - but there’s a time and a place for him, and it’s not this weekend. Football is a team game, and he has not fully-grasped that concept yet. Lamela is the polar opposite, and almost seems embarrassed by his own ability at times and has shown a reluctance to be in any way self-indulgent since his arrival. That’s who Villas-Boas needs this weekend: the player who is willing to give the game-winning pass, not the one who craves the game-winning goal.

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