Tottenham Hotspur defender Juan Foyth was left out of Tottenham’s 25 man squad for the group stages of the Champions League due to the problems the club faced in fulfilling the homegrown player rule.
The Argentine was however included in Spurs’ squad for the knockout rounds as both Mousa Dembele and Georges-Kevin Nkoudou left the club during the January transfer window. To some people’s surprise, the 21-year-old defender went straight into Tottenham’s starting line up for the first leg of the round of 16 tie against Dortmund.
Foyth himself admitted that he was surprised to learn that he would be starting. Speaking to the club’s official website, the defender said:
“It was fantastic, really. The Champions League is a dream for every player. When the gaffer told me I was starting I was a little bit surprised but really, really happy.
“I told my family, my friends and I enjoyed the game a lot. I was ready – I’ve trained a lot with the guys every week and everyone is always ready to play.”
Pochettino named four full-time center halves in the line up against BVB on Wednesday but Foyth insisted the whole team deserved credit for the team’s defensive solidarity and the clean sheet.
He added, “Against Dortmund, all the team helped to keep the clean sheet – the forward players were pressing a lot, in the middle of the pitch we had very good organisation and Hugo (Lloris), of course, made some great saves, so I think that shows how the whole team played their part.”
The Argentine also claimed that Spurs will approach the second leg in the same manner they did the tie at Wembley. “When we go to Germany for the second leg, the mentality will be the same – play well with good organisation, be solid at the back and win the game, he said.
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