'I want to die', 'A joke' - Tottenham fans rage over Pochettino decision v Real Madrid
By Russell Edge
Tottenham fans have turned to social media to rage over the inclusion of defender Kieran Trippier in the starting XI for the club’s Champions League clash against Real Madrid on Wednesday.
The club revealed their line up against Los Blancos via their official Twitter account, which saw Harry Kane included after having been ruled out of Spurs’ last two games with a hamstring injury.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) November 1, 2017
Dele Alli makes his first European start this season having missed the opening three fixtures due to suspension, while there is also a return for centre back Davinson Sanchez, who was left on the bench for the Premier League defeat to Manchester United on Saturday.
However it was the inclusion of 27-year-old Trippier, who replaced Serge Aurier in the side after the Ivory Coast international started at Old Trafford, which had the Spurs faithful up in arms.
The fans turned to Twitter to voice their frustration with manager Mauricio Pochettino’s decision to start the England man, as they predicted an easy night for Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo.
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Here, Football Insider has rounded up a selection of the supporters’ best tweets:
Trippier v Ronaldo I want to die
— ???????? (@Aldertonghen_) November 1, 2017
Trippier & winks !!
We're going to lose 10-0
— مُحمّدLegend. (@DesLegend) November 1, 2017
Trippier over Aurier is a joke smh
— Herbo (@HerbMcDerb) November 1, 2017
Trippier over aurier are you kidding me ????????
— Y A N D A (@Mzi_realShort) November 1, 2017
Trippier ffs ????????
— Craig (@craigbalotelli) November 1, 2017
The day Trippier leaves Tottenham Hotspur will be a very good day.
— Ryan Male (@Ryan_Male18) November 1, 2017
Here we go. Trippier vs ronaldo. That's what no one wants to see. Except maybe ronaldo
— Jake Avie (@jakeavie) November 1, 2017
Marcelo gonna rip our main man Trippier inside out today
— Spurs Shout (@SpursShout) November 1, 2017
Trippier has 11 appearances to his name across all competitions this season, but just one of those has come in the Champions League, providing an assist in the 3-0 win over Apoel Nicosia.
In other Tottenham news, Pochettino has said that the club need to “change everything” if they are to win titles.