Some Spurs fans on social media have stated that they will never forgive Mauricio Pochettino for starting Harry Kane ahead of Lucas Moura in the Champions League final in 2019 after the Brazilian opened up on the disappointment he felt at being left out of the starting lineup.
Moura’s sensational second-half hattrick in the second leg of the Champions League semifinal against Ajax helped Spurs achieve one of the most historic come-from-behind wins to seal their passage to the final.
Given the winger’s brilliant display in Amsterdam and the fact that Kane was recovering from an ankle injury, many would have expected Moura to start against Liverpool at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.
However, Pochettino decided to bring Kane back into the starting lineup, with Moura having to settle for a place on the bench.
Reacting to Moura’s words, some Spurs fans insisted that Pochettino made a huge mistake by benching the 29-year-old.
They suggested that he could have started in place of Dele Alli or Christian Eriksen even if the former Spurs boss was keen to bring Kane back into the team.
Should have dropped Eriksen for him
— Kanefromthelane #ENICOut (@kanefromthelane) September 3, 2021
In the midst of the Kane-Moura debate, most people forget is that the hopeless Harry Winks was slotted in after almost 5 weeks without playing any competitive game. Poch was dishing out favours instead of playing a final to win. Or, perhaps, Levy was selecting the team https://t.co/kAbw6CCzv3
— Totti_THFC (@Totti_THFC) September 4, 2021
Will never forgive Poch for this https://t.co/DLS6QyMS7s
— Chicken Ball Podcast (@chickenballpod) September 3, 2021
Poch’s biggest mistake. When a player is on fire in a cup, you just play him. https://t.co/w4ONjgY8HZ
— Charlie Lloyd Thomas (@CharlieLloydT) September 3, 2021
Biggest robbery of all time and probably Poch’s biggest mistake as Gaffa 😢 https://t.co/5DSkvhgq1m
— Onurr (@onuronny) September 3, 2021
In reality we should of dropped Dele and played lucas rw and Eriksen #10 in a straight 4231 https://t.co/f7N1yDCVPq
— RollsReece (@23Losty) September 3, 2021
One the most baffling decisions I've ever seen, Kane had no match sharpness whatsoever, it's like we played with 10 players ffs https://t.co/k8vQLLfsiy
— Jo 🍒 (@Jortoliny) September 3, 2021
Only thing ive ever had against Poch,
was absolutely ridiculous that Lucas got dropped😤 https://t.co/QiAZA4Z1sr
— Fenton📍 (@LiamFenton11) September 3, 2021
Never forgiving poch for it. I get you don’t bench your best player at all regardless but he should’ve started atleast over dele https://t.co/NL44zyJUCp
— Ben (@BenCOYS03) September 3, 2021
he was done so dirty, yet still has so much passion and love for the club – nothing but respect for him https://t.co/gQBCDfBTL2
— a (@aishathfc) September 3, 2021
Spurs Web Opinion
It is easy to criticise these sorts of decisions in hindsight. However, the reality is that most of us wanted Kane to start at the time. In fact, I believe the backlash would have been much bigger had Pochettino benched Kane and Spurs had lost 2-0.
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