For the most part, Mauricio Pochettino cannot be faulted for the way he had his side playing yesterday afternoon. However, the one question mark that the supporters had over his setup of the side was the fact that he left Heung-Min Son out and on the bench and instead opted for an extra defender in a three-at-the-back system.
#THFC: Lloris (C), Trippier, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Rose, Sissoko, Eriksen, Dele, Lucas, Kane.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) 31 March 2019
It was clear as day to see what Pochettino was looking to do yesterday. One centre-back for each of the Reds’ front-three, wing-backs to cover the opposition’s dangerous full-backs and a man for man set up in midfield. It didn’t quite work like that, though, and before long the system had been tweaked a couple of times, making the reasons for Son’s starting eleven absence null and void.
Should Son have started there really is no telling if the South Korean dynamo would have been able to influence the game and give the away side more of a chance, especially considering how good Lucas Moura was from the start. As far as the Lilywhites are concerned, though, they should always be making room for Son to start and they’ll be fuming if he’s left out again on Wednesday when they face Crystal Palace in their first true home game since leaving White Hart Lane.
You can see what the travelling fans made of Son’s absence here:
Sonaldo on the bench
— H.M.SamatarAbdi (@Hostooy) 31 March 2019
Me seeing Son on the bench pic.twitter.com/xkby3bGx4I
— Jaron Westbrook (@JaronWestbrook) March 31, 2019
WHY ISNT SON STARTING WTF
— dǝssnʎ sı ǝɯɐu ʎɯ ıɥ (@AmpayChupe) March 31, 2019
wait why isn’t son starting???
— sc (@sheaacarrolll) March 31, 2019
No son? Are you kidding? I am giving up this team. Good luck!
— happy day (@rainy20161) March 31, 2019
Son on bench
— Spencer (@GeneralSaad89) 31 March 2019
What's wrong with son, POCHETTINO RJKFDL
— BrunoGTL (@Jackizangdar) March 31, 2019
The last thing the Lilywhites needed at 15:30 yesterday was to see that they’d be travelling to Anfield without starting Son, and it certainly didn’t help their pre-match nerves.
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