Pochettino responds to criticism from Tottenham fans after handing Adebayor captaincy

Mauricio Pochettino has defended his decision to hand Emmanuel Adebayor the captaincy in the Capital One Cup tie against Sheffield United.

Tottenham may have beaten Sheffield United 1-0 in the Capital One Cup semi-final first leg, but one of the big talking points of the night was over Emmanuel Adebayor wearing the captain's armband.

The Togolese striker has been out of the side for some time, but made his return to the starting line-up at White Hart Lane on Wednesday night - despite recently slamming the home crowd, blaming them for some of Spurs' poor results at home this season.

However, Adebayor was made captain for the night, and Pochettino defended his decision during his post-match interview, as reported by the London Evening Standard - and he reminded fans and pundits that he made Hugo Lloris, Younes Kaboul and Adebayor the club's three captains before the start of the season.

"He is one of the three captains," Pochettino said. "You forget (I named them) at the beginning of the season. I think it is not the moment to explain why. When I took a decision it was seven months ago, I took the decision that Kaboul, Lloris and Adebayor were three captains, seven months ago. It is a long, long time ago that happened."

Some fans booed former Arsenal striker Adebayor, but Pochettino says that he doesn't regret giving him the captain's armband, and didn't even hear the jeers for the forward.

"I had no doubts (about making him captain). I didn't hear (any bad reaction). I am focused on the game," added the Argentine.

Tottenham are back in action on Saturday when they face Leicester City in the FA Cup, and Adebayor is expected to be out of the line-up - meaning the captaincy should return to Lloris or Kaboul, depending on who Pochettino chooses to start with.

It was a controversial decision from Pochettino, but it proved that he does still have faith in Adebayor - even if many fans don't anymore.

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