Many Tottenham fans on Twitter fear the continuing absence of defender Toby Alderweireld could cost them at Chelsea on Saturday.
The Belgian centre-back has been out for more than five weeks with a knee injury and boss Mauricio Pochettino has confirmed he will miss the trip to Stamford Bridge this weekend.
With left-back Danny Rose suspended, some Spurs supporters, already licking their wounds from their team’s group-stage exit in the Champions League, are preparing themselves for the worst.
I’d back us to get a result vs any side in the PL if our strongest team is available. Dreading Saturday without Rose & Alderweireld. #thfc
— Sean (@Tottingham_Sean) November 23, 2016
Thought Alderweireld’s injury was ‘not a big issue’?? Out since 15 Oct. And no sign of return. No Rose & no Toby vs CFC?? Christ. 🙈🙈🙈 #THFC
— SpursAli (@SpursAli) November 23, 2016
I’m more bothered about the state of our defence for Saturday rather than going out last night! #THFC
— John Hall ™ (@JohnHall1985) November 23, 2016
I dread to think what Chelsea will do to us Saturday, really believe we could be on the end of a thumping #COYS
— James Aust (@JamesAust22) November 23, 2016
I’ve been saying that since the City game we’ve been poor… I fully expect Chelsea to destroy us Saturday if we don’t up our game #COYS
— Martin Lee Grant (@Mar10LG) November 22, 2016
Meanwhile, other Tottenham fans have been critical of Pochettino’s team selection in Tuesday’s 2-1 defeat at Monaco, accusing the manager of prioritising the Chelsea game over Champions League progression.
Poch got it wrong in Dortmund last year, got it wrong again last night. Brace yourself for Chelsea away #THFC fans. It’s not gonna be pretty
— CaryLad (@ATottenhamFan) November 23, 2016
— Joval Aubee (@JayAubee) November 23, 2016
— Jonesy (@MJ_THFC) November 22, 2016
— Alf Love (@alf_love47) November 23, 2016
they need to smash chelsea to pieces to for this to be accepteable, not forgiven but acceptable. i doubt they will #THFC
— Farj73 (@farj73) November 22, 2016