Shearer: Pochettino must bear responsibility for huge Tottenham error in Chelsea defeat
By Dominic Toner
Alan Shearer believes Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino must take some responsibility for the defeat to Chelsea on Saturday.
Spurs suffered further heartache at Wembley as they lost 4-2 to the Blues in an FA Cup semi-final.
The north London club sprung a surprise in their starting line-up by playing Heung-Min Son in the left wing-back role, despite him being recognised as an attacker.
The 24-year-old endured a horrible afternoon against Victor Moses before being substituted off and gave away a penalty too.
Shearer feels that Pochettino made a critical error in selecting Son in the unfamiliar role against Chelsea, with the likes of Ben Davies and Kyle Walker left on the bench.
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“Pochettino needs to bear some responsibility here,” Shearer wrote in the Sun. “Why on earth did he play Son Heung-Min as a left wing back? I can’t remember him ever starting there.
“His performances of late have been exceptional going forward, not as a wing back. He was there to combat the pace of Victor Moses down that flank but never looked comfortable and conceded the penalty against the same player just before the break.”
Spurs attacker Son has been in fantastic form recently, but was asked to do a more disciplined role against Chelsea.
Moses has been one of the most improved players in the division this season and his experience in the wing-back role certainly told.
Son gave away a needless penalty in the first-half after a clumsy challenge on Moses where he went to ground, before Willian dispatched from the spot.
Pochettino has become a huge fan favourite at White Hart Lane, but Shearer believes that questions need to be asked over his tactical decision against Chelsea.
In other Tottenham news, Garth Crooks raves about the qualities of the club’s 25-year-old midfielder.