By Dominic Toner
Mauricio Pochettino has revealed that Tottenham needed some “fresh legs” for the Champions League match against CSKA Moscow.
The Tottenham manager has dropped his regular right-back Kyle Walker from his starting line up for the European clash.
Defender Kieran Trippier has replaced Walker in the side but fans revealed their anger on Twitter at the decision.
Pochettino has already replaced the injured Moussa Sissoko in the side with Argentinian winger Erik Lamela.
“It’s a different competition,” he said, as quoted by the club’s website. “We need some fresh legs in the team. We have a strong squad, everyone can play.”
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) September 27, 2016
Walker is considered a crucial member of Pochettino’s side and he has made 197 appearances since his arrival in 2009.
The 26-year-old may have been rested ahead of the club’s Premier League meeting with leaders on Manchester City on Sunday and Spurs having a more than capable replacement in Trippier.
Walker has starred in seven of Spurs’ matches this season and was included in the last Champions League game against Monaco.
He starred in 35 appearances last campaign and helped Spurs qualify for the Champions League with a third-placed finish in the league.
Pochettino has decided to retain regular defenders Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen in the side, with youngster Cameron Carter-Vickers named on the bench.
In other Tottenham team news, Harry Kane has earmarked this match for his comeback from injury.