Gareth Bale is expected to make his second Tottenham debut against West Ham tonight, but Jose Mourinho claims even the Welsh star's place is not guaranteed as he revels in the squad depth at his disposal.
"We have a squad where every player has to fight a lot and play very well to deserve a place in the team," said Mourinho.
"The squad is so good, so strong. We have so many options that I refuse to say this player is a first choice. I can feel even in the players this feeling I love. They are happy but they are worried.
"They are happy that the squad is good, that people are coming to make the squad better. But they are worried about themselves, 'am I going to play?' This is the kind of feeling you have in the top teams and we are having that now."
Bale has plenty of experience of those demands from his time at Madrid, which is regarded as bittersweet despite winning 13 trophies.