Michael Owen tells how Tottenham boss confronted him after comments

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Michael Owen has revealed how old adversary sought him out, and believes Spurs will play their strongest team at Wembley.

Michael Owen has told Tottenham fans he believes their head coach will go all out to win the Capital One Cup final.

During the tournament the Argentine has rotated his squad, before playing an almost fully strength team in the second leg clash with Sheffield United.

The former Liverpool striker an experience last season saw Pochettino confront him after comments Owen made about his team selection while Southampton boss, he told SportLobster.

He said: "I criticised Pochetino last season for fielding a weakened Saints team against Sunderland when they had a right chance of winning The FA Cup.

"He pulled me to one side and over a glass of wine tried to justify his actions the next time we met. After sampling Wembley, I doubt he will be in a rush to rest players in the future."

While it's almost common sense the head coach will play his strongest team at Wembley with the cup on the line, the big decision Pochettino has to make centres around his goalkeeping selection, and whether to recall first choice Hugo Lloris over Michel Vorm, who has been picked throughout the tournament so far, but looked shaky during his last couple of games.

Owen and Pochettino actually share a chequered history. The Spurs boss was the defender who stuck out a leg for Owen to dive over to win a game deciding penalty at the 2002 World Cup - and if Pochettino is a man to hold a grudge, the BT Sport was probably the last person he wanted to hear criticism from.

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