Mourinho to rest players for Bayern Munich clash

Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho will rest some of his players for Spurs’ final Champions League group match, away at Bayern Munich on Wednesday.

Last season’s beaten finalists Spurs are second in Group B and have already secured their place in the last 16, behind group winners Bayern.

Striker Harry Kane, midfielder Dele Alli and defenders Jan Vertonghen and Serge Aurier are not in the squad.

“The match will be one when I’m going to rest some players,” said Mourinho.

Tottenham are still without goalkeepers Hugo Lloris and Michel Vorm, defender Ben Davies and midfielders Erik Lamela, Harry Winks and Tanguy Ndombele because of injuries.

Spurs, then-managed by Mauricio Pochettino, were embarrassed in the home match against Bayern in October, losing 7-2 in London, before the Argentine was sacked last month.

Mourinho, a Champions League winner with Porto in 2003-04 and with Inter Milan in 2009-10, was in charge for Spurs’ match against Olympiakos and, despite falling 2-0 behind, a 4-2 victory secured their place in the knockout phase.

Tottenham, seventh in the Premier League, are playing seven times in December and their next two league matches are away at sixth-placed Wolves on Sunday and then at home to a Chelsea side who are fourth on 22 December.

Bayern, who have been German champions seven years in a row, are struggling domestically and a 2-1 loss at leaders Borussia Monchengladbach on Saturday left them seventh in the Bundesliga table.

(BBC Sport)

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