Pochettino’s Angry Explanation of Team Selection

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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