Robbie Savage reacts to Tottenham defeat, criticises Mauricio Pochettino’s team selection

Tottenham Hotspur lost 2-1 to Arsenal at White Hart Lane in the third round of the League Cup on Wednesday evening.

Former Derby County midfielder Robbie Savage has criticised Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino on

Savage was less than impressed with Pochettino’s team selection for the League Cup third-round tie against Arsenal at White Hart Lane.

Hugo Lloris, Jan Vertonghen and Son Heung-min started the match on the substitutes’ bench, although striker Harry Kane and attacking midfielder Christian Eriksen both featured from the start.

Spurs lost the game 2-1, thanks to a double from Arsenal's French midfielder Mathieu Flamini, leading Savage to strongly criticise Pochettino.

The former Wales international midfielder has also claimed that failing to progress further in the League Cup means that Tottenham have lost the chance to win a trophy this season.

“I think Spurs paid the price tonight for not playing a full strength team,” Savage wrote on “I just don't understand what Pochettino is saving the players for?

“This competition was an opportunity for Spurs to try & win some silverware & it's gone now. It was a decent result for Arsenal and they were ok, but two goals from Flamini shows how far off Spurs are.”

One suspects that many Tottenham fans will be disappointed with Pochettino’s decision not to play his strongest team against Arsenal.

After all, the North London derby is one of the biggest games in English football calendar, and winning it is a matter of pride.

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