Tottenham Hotspur head into the Champions League match against Inter Milan tomorrow needing a win to keep their hopes of qualification alive.
Not only this, but Spurs will need to win the game by at least two goals to ensure they best their Italian opponents if it comes down to head-to-head.
However, Tottenham will be without a key player for the crunch match, as Juan Foyth was ruled out of this game at the very start of the season.
No, there are no injuries or bans involved, Pochettino simply decided not to include Foyth in the Champions League squad at the start of the campaign.
Back then, Foyth wasn’t much of a fixture in the Spurs side, with his breakthrough not coming until last month.
Now Tottenham must make it through to the knock out stages to include Foyth in the latter part of the tournament.
Luckily Jan Vertonghen may be back just in time to fill the gap, although he will be lacking an element of match fitness and sharpness.
SkySports report Poch regrets his mistake: “That is so painful. It’s a mistake we made that at this level of football we cannot repeat again. We need to find a solution.
“At the start of the season I was disappointed because the squad was so big. People say, ‘You were the only club not to sign any players’.
“But to sign another player means to put another off the Champions League list. We needed an English player but it was impossible.
“It is painful to have a player off the list but we will finish [the group stage] soon and hope that in March we can do a new list and we can include him on it.
“When you make that decision [of who to leave out], you cannot guess what is going to happen.”
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