Pochettino’s Angry Explanation of Team Selection

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Dom Le Roy

According to Football.London, Mauricio Pochettino offered a frosty response to reporters when questioned over his team selection for yesterday’s 0-0 draw with Swansea.

The disappointing result is now one of many for Spurs at Wembley, with Tottenham finding it difficult to adjust to their temporary home, having yet to win in three Premier League outings at the national stadium.

After beating German side Borussia Dortmund 3-1 in an impressive display in the Champions League on Wednesday night, Mauricio Pochettino made the decision to rest Ben Davies and Mousa Dembele for yesterday’s match.

Having found it very hard to break down Swansea’s resilient defence, many Spurs fans have bemoaned the team selection, questioning why both Davies and Dembele did not feature at all.

According to Football.London, when relayed these questions by reporters in the post-match conference, Mauricio Pochettino issued a frustrated response.

“First of all he got a big knock on his ankle against Borussia Dortmund.” He told reporters when asked as to why Ben Davies did not feature.

“But I think for different reasons we need to rotate the squad because we have a lot of games, but I think one player is not key to win or to lose.”

“When you have 24 or 25 players you can use everyone.”

The Argentine’s patience started to run thin however when similar questions were raised over Pochettino’s decision to drop Belgian midfielder Mousa Dembele.

“Dembele was on the bench.” He stated bluntly when asked for an explanation.

“Yes, how many goals did he score last season?” He asked, after being pressed for a full response by reporters. “You need to ask me about Dembele.”

“You cannot give your opinion about football because I think the specialists are up here.”

“What is your question, why I didn’t play Dembele? Ok, because we believed he was a little bit tired after Wednesday and I think he needed to rest.”

Tottenham have now dropped 7 points at Wembley this season and venture back to the national stadium on Tuesday for a mid-week League Cup fixture against Barnsley.

Do you think it was a wise decision to rest both Davies and Dembele?

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  1. The team had little width and wasn't able to stretch the bus that was Swansea's defensive set up. I don't blame Swansea or their manager, I blame our manager for setting the team up completely wrong. If I could see it after 20 minutes of game time, why couldn't the so could specialist 'up there'. Sorry Poch but you got this one totally wrong, just as you did when you played Son at LB against Chelsea last season. Everything we did basically came through the middle of the park, Trips was appalling with his crosses on Saturday and Aurier should have started, he changed the game Saturday in the short time he was on. Davies bombing down the left would have stretched their defence more and Llorente should have been on from the start too, surely Poch would have known exactly how Swansea were going to line up? If not, he would have seen it after 15 minutes of play and could then have brought Llorente on. There is only one way to beat a bus defence such as yesterday, set pieces or crosses into target men, both Llorente and Kane fall into that category. We looked clueless and void of ideas on how to break down this resolute defence, it was embarrassing to say the least and Poch has to take most of the blame this time.

  2. Posters were moaning about Dembeles performance on Weds,saying he looked jaded,now on Saturday bemoaning his absence? There are an awful lot of games between now and May,and my wish is the internet and social media breaks down,do I can just watch football, support my team without being drawn by a headline written by a half wit who’s understanding of the game is at best negligible?

  3. The reasons Mauricio Pochettino gives for not having Dembele and Davies play on Saturday against Swansea, make sense. He knows the squad’s fitness, the players’ aches and pains, and must keep in mind the coming demands on his players. He’s the expert, as are his close colleagues, on this matter, not least because they all see so much of each other and presumably discuss how best to use the resources available. That’s not stopping anyone else from having an opinion, but most of us are just watching from the stands, or following via often misleading media, and none of that is on a par with the knowledge of people closely involved in regular work with players at the club.


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