By Aramide Oladipo
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has defended his decision to bring off star men Harry Kane and Dele Alli in the North London derby on Saturday afternoon.
The Argentine decided to make an interesting tactical decision and substitute the attacking pair with 15 minutes remaining despite Spurs trailing 2-0 against their bitter rivals Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.
Both players had failed to make an impact on the match beforehand which contributed to Spurs suffering their first Premier League defeat at the hands of the Gunners since the 2013-14 campaign.
After the disappointing loss, Pochettino was adamant that he had made the correct decision in substituting his attacking duo.
“After 75 minutes I think at 2-0 down, after their problems, I think it was the time to say ‘out’, find different options and give the team different options to play and then avoid risk in the last 15 minutes,” he said as quoted in Football London.
“I think [Kane] finished well. He’s good, of course tired, which is normal, like Dele, but they are OK.”
Both attackers had missed the international friendlies due to injury last week and they certainly lacked something during the high intensity encounter against Arsenal.
Spurs have relied on the English duo to supply the threat up front with Kane scoring 13 goals and Alli contributing with seven strikes in all competitions.
The result means that Tottenham have fallen further behind in the title race, trailing table topping Manchester City by 11 points.
Both Kane and Alli will look to complete the full 90 minutes when Spurs face Borussia Dortmund in midweek in the Champions League.
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