Hugo Lloris dropped, Richarlison starts, and Harry Kane role change

Tottenham’s home defeat to rivals Arsenal showed Antonio Conte is in desperate need of freshening up his starting XI.

His Spurs side face Man City on Thursday – exclusively live on talkSPORT – and Conte’s side need a win to stop the rot in their hopes of finishing in the Premier League top four.

Conte needs to switch up his starting XI

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Conte needs to switch up his starting XI

There’s only one problem with that, though.

As if losing 2-0 to the Gunners at the weekend wasn’t hard enough to swallow, a win over the reigning Premier League champions this week will further boost the Gunners’ title chances.

At the moment, Man City looking the most likely to catch the league leaders, sitting eight points off Arsenal in second.

But, still, Spurs will be keen to correct the uninspiring display they put in against their rivals.

The Gunners dominated the first half at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, with Spurs failing to make the most of the chances they did have thanks to some fine saves from Man of the match Aaron Ramsdale.

And with Conte’s future at the club uncertainthe Italian desperately needs to mix it up when it comes to selecting his starting XI as he attempts to get a tune out of his side again.


Tottenham looked dejected as they lost to their rivals in their own backyard

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Tottenham looked dejected as they lost to their rivals in their own backyard

So how could Spurs look against Man City at the Etihad? Here’s what talkSPORT.com thinks Conte could do…

Predicted Tottenham XI to face Man City

Starting from the back, Fraser Forster comes in on goal for captain Hugo Lloris, who came under fire after putting Bukayo Saka’s effort into his own net at his near post for Arsenal’s first goal.

Lloris won’t have fond memories of facing Man City, either, after his mistake for Ilkay Gundogan’s goal last season, so there’s no harm in giving Forster – who’s made three appearances this season – a go.

Another major change which could help put Spurs on the front foot is ditching their struggling back-five and go with a four.

Spurs captain Lloris could be dropped after another mistake this season

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Spurs captain Lloris could be dropped after another mistake this season

The only players to keep their places from the north London derby in Spurs’ back line are two out of the three centre-backs, Eric Dier and Cristian Romero.

Wing-backs Ryan Sessegnon and Matt Doherty were both replaced in the game after struggling to contain Gabriel Martinelli and Saka, so swapping to a back four to bring Ivan Perisic and Emerson Royal will help sure up Spurs’ defense against Man City’s threat up front.

Meanwhile in midfield, Conte is likely to stick with Pierre-Emile Højbjerg and Pape Sarr should Yves Bissouma and Rodrigo Bentancur be unable to play 90 minutes due to fitness issues.

Richarlison will get his chance up front

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Richarlison will get his chance up front

Tottenham’s switch to four at the back allows for Richardson to come into the team.

He could be thrown in as No.9, in front of Harry Kane, who can potentially add extra creativity to a team lacking a point guard in midfield.

Meanwhile, Heung-Min Son and Dejan Kulusevski – who had some of Spurs’ best chances on Sunday – keep their spots on the wings in the XI.

How Conte could switch things up for Tottenham against Manchester City

How Conte could switch things up for Tottenham against Manchester City

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