Pochettino gives strong indication he's answered Tottenham's League Cup final selection dilemma

Tottenham Hotspur's Andros Townsend looks the more likely to start ahead of Erik Lamela against Chelsea.

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino looks set to start with Andros Townsend over Erik Lamela in the Capital One Cup final against Chelsea on Sunday.

The decision of who to pick out of Townsend and Lamela looked to be one of the hardest calls for Spurs to make, with both wingers offering different qualities.

However, with Townsend left on the substitutes' bench against Fiorentina last night, it seems more likely that the England international will start at Wembley.

Pochettino chose to rest some of his more prominent players in the Europa League yesterday evening, with Townsend being joined on the bench by Harry Kane, Ryan Mason and Kyle Walker.

Those three players are almost certain starters for Spurs and for Townsend to be sat alongside them is the strongest indication yet that Pochettino will go with him from the off at Wembley.

It would have been a disappointment for Townsend to miss out against Fiorentina, as it was a game of great importance, but it should also give him an indication that he will be selected in the League Cup.

It is unlikely that Pochettino will pick Lamela, who wasn't at his best against Fiorentina, to start in both matches, as they come in such quick succession, and Townsend will need to be braced for selection.

The academy graduate hasn't had the greatest season to date, but he can firmly establish his place as the number one winger with a good display against Chelsea this weekend and, considering he only played half an hour last night, he should be ideally prepared to do so.

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