Manchester United legend Paul Scholes suggested on BT Sport Europe on Thursday night (March 10) that Tottenham Hotspur head coach Mauricio Pochettino should field a weakened team against Borussia Dortmund next week.
The former England international midfielder made the comments following BT Sport Europe’s live coverage of the Europa League last-16 first-leg tie against Liverpool and United at Anfield on Thursday evening.
“I think they (Tottenham) went over there just to try to stay in the game, maybe take a 1-0 and try and get an away goal, take a 2-0,” said Scholes.
“At 3-0, it's usually game over at that point. I can’t see Tottenham (going through from the tie). They might as well rest the rest of them for next Thursday as well.”
Tottenham suffered a heavy 3-0 defeat to Dortmund away from home at Signal Iduna Park in the first leg of the Europa League last-16 tie.
Pochettino made a number of changes to his lineup, with Kyle Walker, Harry Kane and Mousa Dembele all starting the game on the substitutes’ bench.
Dortmund are one of the best and most attacking teams in Europe, and it did not come as a surprise that they overpowered a weakened Spurs team with ease on Thursday evening.
A 4-0 win in the second leg at White Hart Lane next week is unlikely, and perhaps Pochettino should heed Scholes’s advice and play a weakened team.
After all, there is nothing to lose for the North London outfit.