Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino gambled last night and just about got away with it.
Tottenham went into the Europa League game against Fiorentina with a number of changes from what will be considered the team’s strongest line-up.
The bench was a display of immense talent as Harry Kane, Mousa Dembele, Ryan Mason, Eric Dier, Erik Lamela and Danny Rose were all held back, most likely for the weekend game against West Ham United.
That’s a strong core of six players who can form a strong spine in any team offering strength in all areas.
Pochettino could have gone all out for a big win, which would have given him the luxury of being able to rest players next week ahead of the League Cup final against Chelsea.
Tottenham have a big squad but the team’s best chance of silverware this season is undoubtedly the League Cup final.
It was a sign that the boss may have a preference towards the Premier League this season, preferring to qualify for the Champions League through the security of a top four place.
Whether he made the right call will only be determined by how the team plays against the Hammers on Sunday.
If it’s a game that goes badly, the boss will be criticised but Tottenham have every chance of three points because of the names above who will be a little fresher.
Pochettino can’t be blamed for gambling and trying to hedge his bets for all competitions and he’d be on the receiving end of much more stick this morning if Spurs lost last night.
He has to trust the players coming into the team for the second leg against Fiorentina that they can get over the line and he has to trust the players to give everything in the Premier League this weekend and the League Cup final next weekend.