Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder, Victor Wanyama, has now revealed that he was left ‘p***** off’ by Pochettino’s decision not to start him in the Champions League Final.
Wanyama joined Spurs from Southampton in 2016, playing under the Argentine manager at both Premier League sides.
The Kenyan defensive midfield man was a huge part of Tottenham’s back-to-back title-chasing side between 2016 and 2018, despite the Lilywhites missing out on both occasions to Leicester and Chelsea.
While he racked up 97 appearances and seven goals for the North London side, Wanyama’s Tottenham career stalled when he picked two nasty injuries in 2017 and 2018 (Wikipedia).
The Spurs player only made four appearances in the 2019/20 campaign before transferring to Montreal Impact.
Despite the fact that Victor Wanyama started both Champions League semi-final matches against Ajax and the quarter-final second leg against Man City, he found himself benched for the final itself in Madrid.
It is fair to say that the ex-Spurs man was less than pleased with this decision, which he revealed to The Atheltic in an interview this week.
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He said: “I was really, really p***** off not to start that game. And even more p***** off because we didn’t win. I tried to encourage those who played.
“We went back to the hotel after the game. I couldn’t sleep at all. The situation was going around in my head. My brother Mariga was also on the bench in a Champions League final for Inter Milan against Bayern Munich [in 2010]. He had to sit on the bench for the full game, so he could relate and understood what I was going through.”