Premier League fans will be very accustomed to seeing their teams field eleven starting players and seven substitutes on the bench, however, the rules have changed in Europe.
Tottenham and Liverpool will see their managers name a whopping 12 substitutes in the Champions League final in Madrid on June 1 (Mirror).
This will give the two managers a huge array of options in order to chop and change as needed, although only three substitutes will be allowed still, unless the game goes to extra time, in which case a fourth may be used.
The rule change was first introduced by UEFA in the Super Cup earlier this season between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid. The same rule will be implemented in the Europa League final between Arsenal and Chelsea.
Spurs fans should expect a healthy plethora of youngsters and fringe players on the bench come the final, as Pochettino favours a relatively small squad.
Spurs Web Opinion:
It will be nice to see some unlikely faces on the bench in the biggest game of Spurs’ recent history. It should be a huge bonus to give Pochettino greater options to change things on the pitch, as well as handing some academy boys a front row seat to watch their boyhood club in the final.
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