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Slaven Bilic questions Tottenham starting XI

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Ahead of their Europa League clash at White Hart Lane tomorrow night, Besiktas manager Slaven Bilic believes that there is lots of talent in the Spurs squad, but they are yet to discover their best starting XI so far this season.

The former Croatia boss is confident his side can cause an upset, returning to North London just over a month after being narrowly knocked out of the Champions League play-offs against Arsenal.

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The Turkish side are no stranger to causing upsets in England, having famously defeated Manchester United 1-0 in the Champions League in the 2009/10 season, as well as beating Chelsea 2-0 in 2003, the first defeat the Blues suffered under the ownership of Roman Abramovich.

Bilic knows English football very well, having played for both West Ham United and Everton between 1996-2000. He was also linked with the Hammers' manager's job at the beginning of the year.

Selection headache

He told The Sun: "I don't think you could name the Tottenham team. And they are all very similar in terms of quality. Is it going to be Nacer Chadli, or Erik Lamela, or Aaron Lennon?

"Sometimes it's good to have options but a lot of times it is a problem.

"When you talk about the biggest teams, Milan from the 1990s, or Manchester United or Barcelona recently, every guy who follows football would name their first XI.

"When they sold Gareth Bale they got Lamela, Christian Eriksen, Chadli. Great players and great prospects.

"It takes time if you have to integrate them. But it doesn't take time if you have four players for one position. You will never do it."

Chop and change

It can't be denied that Spurs have struggled to cope with the departure of Bale and the players coming in have struggled to live up to the benchmark set by the Real Madrid star.

Bilic's comments have some evidence in them, with Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino not keeping the same starting XI in ten competitive matches.

Leadership problems?

The ex-defender also believes that despite all their ability in attacking areas, they are yet to find a commanding leader to replace Ledley King, who retired in 2012.

He added: "It takes time if you buy a whole team.

"When things are not going well for Tottenham, they don't have guys who can say 'Wait a second let's keep the shape, let's do this or that'.

"Aaron Ramsey is that kind of guy, Jack Wilshere too. Wayne Rooney, Yaya Toure are those guys.

"They don't have Luka Modric, they don't have Scott Parker, who is that kind of guy - a 'Come on' guy.

"Spurs are full of talent. They are tricky and dangerous and on their day they can destroy anyone.

"But we are confident of taking a result back."

Both teams go into the game tomorrow with one point from the first round of matches in the group so a win for either side tomorrow would surely put them in the ascendency to top the group overall.

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