Tottenham Hotspur opened up their 2019/20 season with a win on Saturday after beating Aston Villa 3-1 at the new Spurs stadium.
However, there was controversy before the match even started, as Jan Vertonghen was left out of the matchday squad by Pochettino.
The Argentine was reportedly unimpressed with Vertonghen’s fitness levels at the start of this new season, lumping for Davinson Sanchez in his place (Daily Mail).
Tottenham were cut apart in the centre of defence by Villa in the first half, so whether or not it was the correct decision, we will never know.
However, Vertonghen apparently did not react well to the news and was left ‘fuming’ by his manager’s decision.
In fact, Vertonghen was so angry that the Daily Mail claim his teammates were surprised that he actually stayed to watch the match, rather than leaving the stadium completely.
Spurs fans will be hoping that these problems are resolved in time for the huge match away to Man City this weekend.
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