Tottenham Hotspur have had a tough time of it in defence over the start of the new Premier League season, with the club yet to record a single clean sheet in three games.
You would not expect to keep out Man City at the Etihad, but Pochettino would surely have been annoyed at conceding to both Aston Villa and Newcastle at home.
The Argentine boss has gone for a slight change in the centre of his defence this season, raising eyebrows by dropping Mr Consistent, Jan Vertonghen.
The Belgian has forged a superb partnership with his fellow countryman, Toby Alderweireld, over the last few seasons, and it seems strange to now split them up.
However, Pochettino clearly wants to hand young Davinson Sanchez some increased game time and responsibility this season, starting the Colombian in all three top flight matches.
Unfortunately, Sanchez has been prone to make mistakes in this time, including one that cost his side the game against Newcastle last week.
Pochettino snapped at one journo who pointed out these mistakes (Football London): “You judge a player? You know football very well, better than me? You criticise a player, that’s a thing I don’t like because only I can judge the player, myself it’ll always be private, the mistake is always with the team. If we lose the game we made a mistake. In that case Davinson didn’t make a mistake. That is my opinion. It’s not the truth, it’s our truth. If I need to judge Davinson I am happy with him, his commitment and performance and of course like all the players in our team needs to improve to be more consistent.”
Have something to tell us about this article?