No shots, no accurate crosses: The Pochettino gamble, which didn't pay off

Andros Townsend

Tottenham Hotspur wide man Andros Townsend was selected ahead of Erik Lamela for the League Cup final yesterday.

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino nailed his colours to the mast yesterday when he selected Andros Townsend to start the League Cup final against Chelsea.

He could have gone with Argentine Erik Lamela, but Townsend represented the blistering pace, which could have made the difference on the wide open Wembley pitch.

Lamela played the whole 90 minutes in the Fiorentina Europa League defeat, but represented an arguably better option than Townsend yesterday.

However, Chelsea found a way to nullify the Tottenham winger and the stats suggest that he struggled to have any real impact before he was taken off as a substitute.

According to WhoScored, Townsend failed to have a single shot on goal and didn’t provide any threat to the Blues.

He was started over on the right, with the likely intention of cutting inside to help take advantage of that strong left foot, but that strength never showed itself.

His passing accuracy was high at 90.9% but he didn’t find either of his intended targets with the two crosses he played during his appearance.

Townsend wasn’t the only Tottenham player to underperform yesterday but he’s got a big challenge to stay in the side over the rest of the season and play a big role in a potential Champions League qualification campaign.

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