Tottenham fans have taken to social media to rage over Mauricio Pochettino’s decision to snub Toby Alderweireld for the club’s clash against Chelsea on Sunday.
The Lilywhites revealed their line up for the clash at Stamford Bridge via their official Twitter account, confirming that the Argentine manager had chosen to make three changes from their FA Cup win over Swansea City two weeks ago.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) April 1, 2018
Hugo Lloris, Mousa Dembele and Dele Alli come into the side to replace Michel Vorm, Moussa Sissoko and Lucas Moura, with Sunday’s showdown against the Blues both sides’ first Premier League game in three weeks.
The biggest reaction from Spurs fans was the absence of Toby Alderweireld from the match day squad, despite having featured for Belgium during the international break.
Here, Football Insider has rounded up a selection of the supporters’ best tweets:
Toby is finished, gone, not even in the 18
— kieran (@kkirschy23) April 1, 2018
No @AlderweireldTob in the squad, well thats weird coz his tweet earlier said game day…!!! Oh, thats right, he is mugging us all off! Just before kick off, expect Toby to tweet #COYS and pretend he is whiter than white and its all #THFC fault!! https://t.co/yCQY9h2NTw
— M (@Spurs2380) April 1, 2018
Well it was nice having the best centre back in the league while it lasted
— Alan (@23spurs4life23) April 1, 2018
NO ALDERWEIRELD 😭
— 손흥민 (@_hmson7) April 1, 2018
Alderweireld is done 😔
— Jack (@Jack_Doyle82) April 1, 2018
And that’s the end of Toby
— Andy THFC (@andynolanmb20) April 1, 2018
— Harry C (@HazSpur92) April 1, 2018
Where is Toby ffs 😭
— Kerry 💙⚽️ (@KerryCOYS) April 1, 2018
Alderweireld has not made a Premier League appearance for the club since the defeat to Manchester United in October, injury ruling him out for much of the campaign.
Spurs’ last top flight match was the 4-1 victory over Bournemouth in which Harry Kane limped off with an ankle injury, while Chelsea’s was a 2-1 win over Crystal Palace, with a Champions League defeat to Barcelona and an FA Cup triumph at Leicester City following.
Both Pochettino’s men and Antonio Conte’s side are fighting for a top four finish, and guaranteed Champions League football, come the end of the season, and this clash could have a deciding factor considering the status at the top of the table.
Prior to kick off, Spurs sit in fourth on 61 points, five points clear of Chelsea in fifth, and as such knowing victory would help extend the gap as the teams enter the final seven games of the season.
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