Pochettino offers important update on missing men
By Russell Edge
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino confirmed that Ben Davies and Mousa Dembele were both missing from his side’s draw against Swansea as a result of their midweek game with Borussia Dortmund.
Both the Welsh and Belgian international began on Wednesday night as the North London side secured an impressive 3-1 victory over Borussia Dortmund to get their Champions League campaign to the perfect start.
However Saturday saw the pair left as unused substitutes as Spurs laboured to a 0-0 draw with the Swans at Wembley, with Son Heung-min and Moussa Sissoko taking their places in the starting XI.
Following the match, Pochettino confirmed that the duo had been left out of action as a precaution after their European exploits.
He was quoted by football.london as saying during his press conference: “I think for different reasons we need to rotate the squad because we have a lot of games.
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“He (Davies) got a big knock on his ankle against Borussia Dortmund.
As for Dembele, the manager said that tiredness saw the midfielder sit Saturday’s game out, relying instead on the squad players available to him.
“We believed he (Dembele) was a little bit tired after Wednesday and I think he needed to rest,” he was quoted by football.london.
“When you have 24 or 25 players you can use everyone.”
Spurs will be hoping to have rediscovered their cutting edge when they host Barnsley on Tuesday in the League Cup, although they will likely have an eye on looking to make up for the lost points next weekend.
Their next league game will see Pochettino and his side make the short trip across the capital to the London Stadium, where they will face Slaven Bilic’s West Ham.
In other Tottenham news, the club are eyeing a swoop for an international playmaker currently with a giant European side.