Tottenham Hotspur and Mauricio Pochettino had extremely limited options as they took on Ajax at the new stadium on Tuesday.
Spurs fans have waited what seems like forever for their first taste of a Champions League semi-final, but luck has not been on their side in recent weeks.
Harry Kane is out injured with an ankle ligament problem, while Harry Winks, Serge Aurier, and Erik Lamela are also sidelined. Moussa Sissoko was not fit enough the start the match either, despite being one of Spurs’ best players this season (Physio Room).
To top things off, Heung Min Son, the club’s second top scorer behind Kane, was also unavailable due to a suspension.
This left Spurs without a single attacking player on their bench, as Pochettino named Eric Dier, Kyle Walker-Peters, Oliver Skipp, Juan Foyth, Ben Davies, Paulo Gazzaniga, and Moussa Sissoko.
However, despite the severe lack of options, Mauricio Pochettino has insisted that it is just bad luck for Spurs, rather than a squad depth problem.
He said (Football London): “I think terrible circumstances happened. It was a difficult moment that you must accept. I don’t think it’s about squad depth. I cannot complain about that. I think we need to accept the reality and that was our reality. A little bit unlucky in some situations. The team were competitive, of course, we were so disappointed in the first 25 minutes but in the second half we played much better, it was an even game and gave us hope to believe we can do something special there.
“From the beginning the same, it was very limited in the way we wanted to play. We can use one in a different way and still respect our philosophy and idea. It was tough because you need in all different areas possibilities to change things but when you don’t have an offensive player on the bench, you are more limited and if something wrong happens like it did, yes it’s difficult to change something after.”
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These comments don’t fill me with optimism that Spurs will go out and buy the players needed this summer. In my view, Tottenham need some big signings to slot into the first team, as well as more quality and quantity around the squad. This would allow the club to cope better with rotation and spells on injury such as these.
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