The hand of the Saints begins for three summer arrivals
There are three starts for Southampton, however, with 20-year-old goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu – a £12million arrival from Manchester City – favored over Alex McCarthy between the posts.
This will be the Republic of Ireland stopper’s first senior game above League One level in England.
Joe Aribo and Romeo Lavia also start, Ralph Hasenhuttl continuing with a 5-3-2 system that should see Aribo line up alongside Adam Armstrong in attack.
No full debut for Tottenham
There are indeed no new signings in this Tottenham starting XI this afternoon, with Bissouma and Perisic both fit enough for the bench, where they are joined by fellow summer signings Spence, Lenglet and Forster .
In fact, there is only one change to the squad that started against Norwich on the final day of last season, with Cristian Romero replacing Davinson Sanchez in defence.
There is no room in the matchday squad for the quartet Tanguy Ndombele, Giovani Lo Celso, Harry Winks and Sergio Reguilon, with Japhet Tanganga and Pape Matar Sarr also absent.
Starting XI: Bazunu, Valery, Salisu, Bednarek, Walker-Peters, Ward-Prowse, Romeu, Lavia, Aribo, Djenepo, Adam Armstrong
Subtitles: McCarthy, Stephens, Adams, Redmond, Perraud, Stuart Armstrong, Elyounoussi, Diallo, Kotchap
Starting XI: Lloris, Romero, Dier, Davies, Emerson, Hojbjerg, Bentancur, Sessegnon, Kulusevski, Son, Kane
Subtitles: Doherty, Sanchez, Gil Salvatierra, Perisic, Forster, Spence, Lucas Moura, Lenglet, Bissouma
Queues en route
Less than 10 minutes before we have official news from the North London team.
Can Tottenham close the title gap?
Conte was also asked if Tottenham can close the gap to Manchester City and Liverpool this season after propelling north London rivals Arsenal to fourth place and a return to the Champions League on the final day of 2021/22 .
“We are talking about two of the best clubs in the world who have been working with the same coaches for seven years,” he said.
“Now, in my opinion, they are in a very difficult position for others to close the gap, but we have to do it.
“If you’ve been with the same manager for many years and you’re giving continuity, and you’re continuing an idea and you’re continuing a vision, then that’s definitely the best situation for the club to improve and grow. season after season.
“I think it’s important. For me, after seven months, it’s easier now to work with the players because the players know what I want.
Conte dismisses World Cup worries
Meanwhile, Antonio Conte insisted he was not concerned about the possibility of Tottenham players trying to save themselves for the first Winter World Cup in the first half of this new season. of the Premier League.
“Honestly, I don’t care about that,” he said in his pre-match press conference on Thursday.
“I was a player and when you play a game and you want to win, you don’t think you could get injured or you risk getting injured and you can’t play in a World Cup. Honestly.
“The players are really focused on going step by step and playing game by game. We have three important trophies in England and then play an important competition in the Champions League.
“I know my players, their desire and their will. And [I know] also what we have done to achieve this goal. Honestly, I’m not worried about this situation. The problems concern all the teams.
Hasenhuttl pleased with Saints’ push for young talent
Much has been made of Southampton’s approach to recruitment so far this summer, with the Saints tending to favor ambitious young talent rather than trying to compete for big-money signings.
Rangers’ Joe Aribo, their most experienced catch at 26, Bordeaux striker Sekou Mara and Manchester City midfielder Romeo Lavia have all arrived, along with young Irish goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu and centre-back Armel Bella-Kotchap .
And manager Ralph Hasenhuttl insists he is happy with the business Southampton have done so far.
“I’m still of the opinion that transfers of £40m or £50m don’t make sense to us,” he told reporters yesterday. “But of course we want quality, and if it’s young, OK, no problem, take it.
“That’s the path we want to go and it’s good that we’ve done our job so far. But the transfer window is open for so long that if we do something, we have enough time to do it.
Hasenhuttl added: “I’m not so sure of the effect on pricing of keeping the window open, some other clubs will also look at early games, their strength or if they have any weaknesses.
“So I don’t know if player prices will still go up or down even after games. Then the market is a bit stupid and weird sometimes.
“But for us it was a good thing that we could do things this season that we normally could only do after selling a few players.
“It was definitely different this season, and it helped you get players that you wish you could get, and which also makes sense for us, I think.”
The calm before the storm on opening day in N17!
Good weather for the first weekend of the season.
Spurs squad have never been stronger as expectations grow
After a summer of expectation and unusual efficiency, Tottenham will start the season at home against Southampton looking surprisingly… familiar, writes Dan Kilpatrick.
Richarlison is suspended and Yves Bissouma is doubtful. Djed Spence and Clement Lenglet are unlikely to be launched directly, while Ivan Perisic – the most likely of the club’s six new additions to start – is still not fully fit.
A £150m war chest and the game’s most demanding manager can still leave you with Matt Doherty and Ryan Sessegnon as wingers, and Ben Davies or Davinson Sanchez in the bottom three.
Still, the familiarity of the XI won’t tell the story of Spurs’ impressive progress since Antonio Conte agreed to stay on as head coach on May 27.
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