Pochettino: I have three options to play left-back for Tottenham against Chelsea
By Harry Sykes
Mauricio Pochettino will perm one from Jan Vertonghen, Kevin Wimmer and Kieran Trippier to play at left-back for Tottenham in their showdown against Chelsea.
The Spurs manager revealed the three options he is considering to replace the suspended Danny Rose in the Premier League fixture at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
Pochettino explained that Wales international Ben Davies, who would normally deputise for Rose, will miss out once again due to injury.
The Argentine claimed centre-back pair Vertonghen and Wimmer are in the running to fill in at left-back, while right-back Trippier is also a possible contender for the key full-back role.
“Ben is still out, he is injured and Danny Rose is suspended,” Pochettino said,” as quoted by the official Tottenham website. “We played against Sunderland with Jan Vertonghen at full-back or we can play with Kieran Trippier on the left or we can play with Kevin Wimmer. We have different options to play.
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“After Monaco we need to assess the players and tomorrow we have another training session to decide the players that are available to play.”
Vertonghen was overlooked in midweek for Tottenham’s 2-1 defeat against Monaco, which resulted in their elimination from the Champions League.
It was assumed that the Belgian centre-back had been held in reserve to fill in against Chelsea at left-back, a position he has been used in frequently by club and country in the past.
But Wimmer and Dier did not combine effectively as a centre-back pairing against Monaco in France, and Pochettino may decide to restore Vertonghen to his favoured central role.
Toby Alderweireld, the other senior centre-back, is once again unavailable due to a knee injury sustained last month.
In other Tottenham news, Spurs have made a formal complaint about a senior Chelsea figure.