Not only was Pochettino able to lead his side to success last night in the Champions League, but he was also able to get some of the younger players some minutes on the pitch.
Much has been made this season of the ageing Tottenham squad, especially the likes of Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld, and Christian Eriksen who could leave on free transfers in the summer.
However, Pochettino played the likes of Juan Foyth, Davinson Sanchez, Tanguy Ndombele, Dele Alli, and Giovani Lo Celso last night in the Champions League.
All 23-years-old or younger, these stars could well be the future of the Tottenham team under the Argentine and they certainly impressed in the 5-0 thrashing.
Ndombele, in particular, ran the show from central midfield, claiming two assists and going close to a goal himself, while Lo Celso made his return from injury.
One journalist asked Pochettino whether these players could be the future of Spurs, to which the manager replied (Football London):
“I think the future is the squad that we have. It’s only that for different reasons we finished today in this way. Jan felt a little problem, not really a problem, but we didn’t want to risk him to continue playing.
“Always I tell you I am happy with the squad. We have unbelievable players and I think we have a great squad. We started late in our preparations for all the circumstances that I’m not going to repeat. It’s not an excuse. I am telling you that now after 5-0. It will be a great experience for everyone that you need to fix the situation before the season starts, never when the season is running because to build the dynamic of the group is the most important thing, not just the tactics or physical condition.
“When you are late for different circumstances and you start to build that dynamic late when the competition has started the competition doesn’t wait and you can’t explain to the competition ‘oh we started late in our preparation’. Then anything can happen at any club or team this situation. The most important thing is to be calm and not make a drama. Of course, it’s football drama but always in good face and smiling to the problems and being positive. What happens will happen in the next few games, we’ll keep going in the same way and showing that the problems are on the pitch not outside of it.”
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