Savage was doing the co-commentary on the Europa League last-16 first-leg tie between Dortmund and Tottenham at Signal Iduna Park on Thursday evening.
Towards the end of the first half with the Bundesliga outfit leading 1-0, Savage said: “The travelling Spurs fans, if I was one of those, I have got to say they are having a wonderful season and they have travelled in numbers, and I would be disappointed with this starting line, if I am being honest.”
Watching Spurs getting spanked by Dortmund makes you realise that rotating your team rarely works.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) March 10, 2016
Indeed. The odd occasion if a player is exhausted but other than that just play your best team. https://t.co/KuGe5KEq9x— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) March 10, 2016
@GaryLineker Rotation is fine, but rotating half your first team at once? Not so much— Neil Macdonald (@xxnapoleonsolo) March 10, 2016
What's more it's only really English teams that do it. Not exactly working in Europe, is it?— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) March 10, 2016
The best players in the world: Messi, Ronaldo and co play practically every game. They don't get tired or injured very often.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) March 10, 2016
Not sure if Dortmund are brilliant or Poch wants a proper run at the Prem! His starting 11 tonight were never gonna beat them away!!!!— Don Hutchison (@donhutch4) March 10, 2016
Tottenham lost the match 3-0, which means that Spurs are virtually out of the Europa League.
It is unlikely that Spurs will be able to score four goals against Dortmund in the second leg at White Hart Lane next week.
Pochettino started the match with the likes of Kyle Walker, Harry Kane, Erik Lamela and Mousa Dembele on the substitutes’ bench.
Perhaps the Tottenham head coach had an eye on this weekend’s Premier League game against Aston Villa away from home at Villa Park.