Mauricio Pochettino has revealed why neither Toby Alderweireld or Kieran Trippier featured against Inter Milan.
The Tottenham Hotspur manager claims “the risk was massive” to play two “high-level game” just three days apart.
Spurs hosted Liverpool at Wembley Stadium last Saturday before travelling to face Inter Milan in the Champions League the following Tuesday.
Mauricio Pochettino: “The risk was massive”
Mauricio Pochettino insists that Toby Alderweireld and Kieran Trippier absence from the club’s trip to Inter was based solely on them being rested.
The Argentine claims that outsiders look too much into a player being left out of a matchday squad.
“It was a tough game against Liverpool, 90 minutes, to play again three days after again a big level team, the risk was massive.”
“It is difficult to cope in a high-level game working hard.
“When you see all that happened it’s an easy answer.
“But I don’t want to explain every single press conference my decisions and say ‘no it’s like this’.
“It’s easy to find ‘oh problems, oh punishment because we lose’ – it’s different circumstances.
“When we assess the team we always try to find the right decision to win.
“Come on, it’s not talking about punishing people or because something wrong happened.”
Champions League review: Inter Milan 2-1 Tottenham
Goals from Mauro Icardi and Matias Vecino saw Inter Milan claim a huge three points over Spurs in the Champions League.
Tottenham surrendered the lead with just four minutes remaining in normal time with Mauro Icardi producing a thunderous strike.
Vecino sealed Tottenham’s fate in the second minute of stoppage as Pochettino’s side slipped to a third consecutive defeat.
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