Tottenham Hotspur’s hope of reaching the knockout stages of the Champions League could be given another blow tonight if PSV Eindhoven have anything to do with it.
The Dutch outfit, like Spurs, have lost their first two clashes in the group stages, being defeated 4-0 by Barcelona and 2-1 by Inter Milan.
The strength of the Eredivisie often gets bad press, especially given some of the flop transfers who have chanced their arm in the Premier League, including Tottenham striker Vincent Janssen, who was stripped of his No.9 shirt in the summer.
Eindhoven, though, will be no pushovers, possessing some real star quality which has helped them score 36 goals in nine game – an average of four per game – and concede just THREE in the Dutch top-flight.
So who are the players Tottenham need to worry about in the Netherlands? Find out below.
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The Mexican won plenty of fans at World Cup 2018 as he helped his nation knock Germany out of the tournament and he’s carried on where he left off by netting eight goals and creating three in the league.
Playing as part of Van Bommel’s front three, Lozano can play on the left or right, making him fairly unpredictable.
He’s both skilful and a diligent worker willing to track back as well as score goals, while also impressing with his ability at set-pieces.
Whoever lines up in defence could be in for a tough evening against the man nicknamed ‘Chucky’.
The Uruguayan attacking midfielder can unlock tight defences with his delightful left foot, while his drifting movement can cause anyone marking him some real issues.
He’s nimble and quick-witted allowing him to adapt to evolving situations around him and a capable goalscorer with a record of around one in every three matches.
Already a Uruguay international he’s beginning to step up and could soon be on the radar of much bigger clubs as he continues his fourth campaign in the Netherlands.
Pereiro, 23, also once had a ten-day trial at Liverpool along with three other Nacional team-mates.
Once on the books at Manchester City, the Spanish left-back flew the nest in the summer after loan spells to New York City FC, Girona, Mallorca, and NAC Breda.
He’s settled in nicely too with three assists already to his name proving he’s a real threat from the flank.
The 21-year-old isn’t just an attacking full-back though and is capable of clamming up the right flank, where Spurs play 37 per cent of their football.
It may just be Pep Guardiola had the answer to his left-back troubles at the Etihad the whole time.