Tottenham Hotspur and Mauricio Pochettino were back to winning ways last night as they faced what many thought would be a tough trip away to Red Star Belgrade.
After a few weeks of having his decisions question by some fans, Pochettino got a number of things bang on last night, in my opinion.
Starting Lo Celso
This had been a long time coming and it certainly did not disappoint. A full debut for the Argentine, a goal, and perhaps even a man of the match worthy performance. Let’s hope that he doesn’t revert back to Eriksen as his first choice.
Changing up the centre of defence
In my opinion, Alderweireld and Vertonghen have been given many chances and have made many mistakes this season. Sanchez looks raw, but promising, and Spurs need someone to partner him beyond the end of this season. With Dier looking poor in midfield, sending him back to basics as a centre back seemed to work a treat.
Starting Foyth at right-back
After Walker-Peters and Aurier have failed to nail the first-team spot down, Foyth seemed like the natural successor due to his recent exploits with Argentina. He looked solid both attacking and defending last night and is well worth a good look as the first choice.
Getting Sessegnon involved
Sessegnon was back in action against Everton but barely given a kick when Pochettino subbed him on for the last minute. This time around, we got to see what he is capable of and he looked extremely bright down that left-hand side. Exciting days to come for this young lad.
The return of Skipp
Young Oliver Skipp was only given a few minutes, but I am hoping that it is a marker set by Pochettino. The teenager simply has not been given a chance to impress on the pitch this season, despite first-team starts lacking in their efforts and performances. We need to see more of him, starting with some cameos like this.
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