Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino left Emmanuel Adebayor, Younes Kaboul and Etienne Capoue in London for the second leg of their UEFA Europa League last-32 tie in Fiorentina on Thursday.
Brad Freidel, Christian Ceballos and DeAndre Yedlin were also absent in Spurs’ 21-man squad travelling to Florence, as White Hart Lane manager Mauricio Pochettino plans to name a strong side for the second leg tie at the Stadio Artemio Franchi, despite the English Capital One Cup final with Chelsea to be played on Sunday.
“The problem is the decision that you take is always about the result that you get,” he said when asked asked about rotating his side in Florence.
“If tomorrow you make the rotation and after on Sunday you win, you are a genius.”
“Sunday you may rest some players and play others and win against Chelsea in final – you’re a genius.”
“But if you lose tomorrow and lost in the final, you are a very bad manager, a very bad coach. I think it’s not fair.”
“The most important thing is to be clear, analyse and to identify that tomorrow is our first final.”
“We need to decide the team after we analyse every case and every player.”
“After, the players we play tomorrow is because they are in full recovery and fully fit.”
“But if you take one decision or another decision, after it’s about result. If you take a positive result, it’s the same. I’m the same manager, the same coach.”
“But when you take a decision sometimes you are right or wrong, but this is all football.”
“We take the decision to try to win tomorrow, for trying to play better than Fiorentina and after, analyse the game and try to put the best team out for the final on Sunday.”
The Tottenham squad Pochettino has named for Thursday’s tie consists of Hugo Lloris, Michel Vorm, Luke McGee, Kyle Walker, Danny Rose, Ben Davies, Vlad Chiriches, Federico Fazio, Eric Dier, Jan Vertonghen, Nabil Bentaleb, Ryan Mason, Paulinho, Benjamin Stambouli, Mousa Dembele, Erik Lamela, Andros Townsend, Christian Eriksen, Nacer Chadli, Roberto Soldado and Harry Kane.