Glenn Hoddle: Onomah struggled with Pochettino's pressing game

Glenn Hoddle

The former Tottenham manager was reflecting on the north London side's 3-0 loss in Dortmund.

Glenn Hoddle feels Josh Onomah struggled for Tottenham Hotspur against Borussia Dortmund, according to ITV Football.

And he also questioned Mauricio Pochettino's insistence on a high-pressing game in Germany.

Hoddle told ITV on Thursday night: "Young Onomah struggled to keep up and Tottenham were letting them through time and time again.

"Because pressing works most weeks, they did it again v Dortmund but there’s nothing wrong with saying 'look, this isn’t working, let’s sit tight and go back to the middle.'"

When the going gets tough is when top managers are judged. Brendan Rodgers was a hero at Liverpool until he was found out in a huge game against Chelsea and things unraveled from there.

This is nowhere near the same situation, of course. Pochettino has done some superb work at Spurs but Hoddle's point stands and the Argentine is very much the type of coach who will simply play the same way every single game. That won't win tournaments, a little adaptation is needed.

That said, with Tottenham's best players, their high-pressing game would have worked better. And it is very strange indeed to rest most of your top stars... when you're playing Aston Villa on Sunday. Villa lost 3-0 to their own Under-21s... surely the game to rest in would be that one?

However, this was a rampant Borussia Dortmund side and Pochettino should quite simply not be slated for losing to a team that good, even if he made mistakes and it was a convincing defeat.

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