'Am I dreaming', 'Tears in my eyes' - Tottenham fans rave over shock decision v Southampton
Tottenham fans have turned to social media to rave over manager Mauricio Pochettino’s decision to start Serge Aurier in their boxing day clash against Southampton.
Spurs revealed their starting line up via their official Twitter account, which confirmed that the Argentine boss had chosen to make just two changes from the 3-0 win over Burnley last time out.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) December 26, 2017
Ben Davies and Moussa Sissoko were both replaced by Danny Rose and Mousa Dembele, as Spurs look to continue their fine run of form over recent weeks.
However, it was the inclusion of Aurier, starting his second successive game, which shocked the Tottenham faithful, with many surprised that Pochettino had not opted to rotate him out for Kieran Trippier, as has been the case throughout the season.
The fans took to Twitter to express their delight at the Ivory Coast fullback’s appearance, with many suggesting he is set to be the first choice in the future.
Here, Football Insider has rounded up a selection of the supporters’ best tweets:
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So glad aurier is starting, should be our main right-back.
— tom (@tomwdzns) December 26, 2017
Aurier and rose ???? finally trippier is binned for good
— Pablo mcc (@KingKane10p) December 26, 2017
AURIER IS PLAYING BACK TO BACK GAMES, THERE ARE TEARS IN MY EYES
— Ben???????? (@ffsAurier) December 26, 2017
Aurier again love thatttt
— Sam (@WideAssist) December 26, 2017
Aurier and Rose makes me happy. Winks on the bench makes me very happy.
— Broadway Danny Rose (@king26ledley) December 26, 2017
Serge Aurier is the future
— Bardi (@BardiTFC) December 26, 2017
Shut up, am i dreaming, AURIER STARTING BACK TO BACK GAMES!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/HHWmN2VOhj
— Will (@RealDGGHD) December 26, 2017
Strongest team we could of put out, good to see Aurier play again after a good shift against Burnley and the Dier Dembele midfield again????????
— Jye (@JyeMagarry) December 26, 2017
The Lilywhites saw off the Clarets at Turf Moor thanks to a hat trick from star striker Harry Kane, which drew him level with the 22-year-old record set by Premier League legend Alan Shearer for most league goals scored in a calendar year, standing at 36.
The victory meant that Spurs spent Christmas sitting in fifth place in the table, a point behind Liverpool in fourth, while ahead of north London rivals Arsenal in sixth on goal difference.
In other Tottenham news, Graeme Souness has blasted the club’s “excuses” for their league performances this season.