Tottenham fans accuse Pochettino of lying about key player
By Harry Sykes
Tottenham fans have accused Mauricio Pochettino on Twitter of lying about the fitness of Toby Alderweireld.
The Belgium international was absent for a second consecutive match on Wednesday as Spurs came from a goal down to beat Southampton 4-1 in their Premier League clash at St Mary’s Stadium.
This came after manager Pochettino had claimed in the build-up to the fixture that Alderweireld would be “available” and was “training well” after missing the win over Burnley with a back problem.
Pochettino: “Toby Alderweireld will be available, he has been training well after his problem with his back.” #THFC
— Hotspur Related (@HotspurRelated) December 23, 2016
But when the team was announced there was no place for Alderweireld, either in the starting XI or on the substitute’s bench.
The official Spurs website reported that the key centre-back was sidelined not with a back problem, but with a “virus”.
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TEAM NEWS: @AlderweireldTob misses out at St Mary’s with a virus.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) December 28, 2016
This immediately prompted an outpouring of dissatisfaction from Tottenham fans on social media as they accused the manager of covering up the real reason for Alderweireld’s absence.
Spurs supporters are particularly sensitive about the Belgian because he has only recently recovered from a knee problem that sidelined him for two months.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Can’t wait for next week when Poch says Toby can’t play because he lost his hair gel
— Spurs News (@BlogSpurs) December 28, 2016
pochettino said toby is not injured. yeah right.
— RM (@KNJBTS7) December 28, 2016
— James Astley (@jay11284xxx) December 28, 2016
@SpursOfficial has pochettino got a nervous compulsion to lie when it comes to the fitness of Toby? I thought it was a small knock?
— Chris Littmoden (@Littmoden) December 28, 2016
No Toby Pochettino telling porkies again ?
— mark hillman (@markhillman2) December 28, 2016
@SpursOfficial Why is Pochettino lying? He said “Toby is not injured” wtf mate
— Dirk (@Lameleont) December 28, 2016
Did Toby just break his leg in reality but we’re just covering it up?
— Spurs in 140 or less (@SPURSin140) December 28, 2016
A Dele Alli double and goals from Son Heung-Min and Harry Kane, who also missed a second-half penalty, secured the three points for Pochettino’s side against his former club.
Tottenham climbed to within one point of fourth-placed Arsenal in the table as they continue their title challenge.