The costly error Pochettino made for Tottenham's match against Chelsea?

Pochettino

Tottenham Hotspur should have started with Roberto Soldado instead of Erik Lamela.

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino may be contemplating what might have been after he saw his side go down 3-0 against Chelsea last night.

The Blues showed ruthlessness in-front of goal as strikes from Eden Hazard, Didier Drogba and Loic Remy saw off Tottenham's challenge and ensured that they would not be ending their prolonged winless streak at Stamford Bridge. 

It was always going to be a testing fixture for the Lilywhites, who actually showed signs of quality, despite the heavy defeat, but Pochettino may be questioning whether his team-selection was the correct one. 

The Argentine manager stuck with largely the same team which had looked so impressive against Everton in a 2-1 win this weekend, but his one change backfired.

Pochettino brought in Erik Lamela to replace Roberto Soldado and it seemed to hinder rather than enhance his team's attacking play. 

The 22-year-old winger was presumably selected due to his greater ability to drive the team forward than Soldado, but he was virtually ineffective against Jose Mourinho's men. 

  Successful dribblesDispossessedTotal Scoring AttemptsAppearancesMins Played
Erik Lamela 0 1 1 1 74

Lamela did not manage to perform one dribble during the match and without showing the major strength in his game, there has to be a question whether it would have been better to play Soldado.

The Spanish striker has struggled at White Hart Lane, but he has some momentum behind him after scoring at the weekend, with a well-taken finish.

The relief from hitting the back of the net was palpable for the 29-year-old on Sunday and he would desperately have been hoping to have a similar impact last night.

As it was, his chance to do that was taken away from him and that decision looks to have been a misguided one. 

Making errors against Chelsea this season is a costly practice and Pochettino is likely to have been frustrated by his choice to bring Lamela into the team in hindsight. 

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