Former Chelsea striker Tony Cascarino has claimed that Mauricio Pochettino does not know who he should be picking in his Tottenham Hotspur starting line-up.
The Spurs boss reverted to a back three of Davinson Sanchez, Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen for the visit of Watford on Saturday, his decision to adopt a 3-5-2 formation in a move that mirrored Watford’s system with Danny Rose and Serge Aurier acting as wing-backs backfired.
After going 1-0 down within the first ten minutes and failing to level the score, Pochettino abandoned his formation at half time when he hauled off Sanchez by replacing him with Heung-min Son who almost instantly offered more pace and directness to the attack.
Cascarino was highly critical of Pochettino’s team selection whilst suggesting that he is clueless of who he should be playing in the defensive positions within his side.
Watford’s opener was a complete defensive mistake starting with Danny Rose’s inability to take up a good position on the left side which allowed the Hornets to attack down the flank and the three central defenders somehow allowed Doucoure to steal in and poke the ball home beyond Paulo Gazzaniga.
Speaking to Weekend Sports Breakfast on TalkSport (20/10/2019 at 8:00 am), Cascarino said: “Pochettino got his team selection wrong,”
“Whatever you say, at the start of the game, if you set up one way and it’s wrong. You set the team up.
“He’s not sure of his XI, he doesn’t know. Certainly his back four and five, he doesn’t have a clue who he thinks is his best player to stick in there, at this moment – there are a number of players in the Spurs squad who you can say that they don’t deserve a place in the starting XI.”
Cascarino certainly has a point about our defensive selection. Pochettino has already played four different people at right-back this season in Kyle Walker-Peters, Davinson Sanchez, Serge Aurier and Moussa Sissoko which suggests that he is not overly comfortable.
Danny Rose is going through a bad patch for club and country while there also seems to be a lack of communication between the central defenders.
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