Pochettino explains Serge Aurier’s absence from Champions League squad

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur are now just a matter of hours away from their latest Champions League match, coming away from home in Serbia against Red Star Belgrade.

With the Lilywhites flying out yesterday, it was spotted that right-back Serge Aurier had not travelled with the squad.

Aurier was involved against Everton at the weekend and had a direct part to play in the injury to Andre Gomes. Aurier was quickly substituted after that and was seen hobbling off the pitch.

Pochettino also chose not to bring Kyle Walker-Peters on the away trip, meaning that he has no out-and-out right-backs in his squad at all.

Juan Foyth, Eric Dier, Moussa Sissoko, and Davinson Sanchez have all covered at right-back in the past for Tottenham under Pochettino, three of them this season.

Pochettino implied to the press yesterday that Aurier’s exclusion was tactical rather than about an injury sustained on Sunday against Everton:

On whether it had anything to do with Gomes’ injury, he said (Football London): “No. Decisions from the coach, from me.”

On whether it was down to mixed form from the Ivorian, Poch added: “No, because I think we have a big squad and everyone can play. How I manage the squad is like always, when play play, when they don’t play it depends on the decisions from the manager. Sure that we are going to play with 11 and seven on the bench.”

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