Former Queens Park Rangers and Rangers midfielder Ray Wilkins said on the Matchday Live with Fletch & Sav show on BT Sport 2 on Sunday morning (broadcast from 11am, March 13) that Tottenham Hotspur head coach Mauricio Pochettino should not tinker with his team between now and the end of the season.
Pochettino did not field his best available players against Borussia Dortmund in the first leg of the Europa League last-16 tie away from home at Signal Iduna Park last week.
Kyle Walker, Harry Kane and Mousa Dembele all started the game on the substitutes’ bench, as Tottenham lost 3-0.
Former Chelsea and Manchester United midfielder Wilkins was critical of the changes Pochettino made against Dortmund, and suggested that the Spurs head coach should not change his team.
“I don’t quite have it,” said Wilkins on the Matchday Live with Fletch & Sav show on BT Sport 2 on Sunday morning (broadcast from 11am, March 13) when asked about the changes Pochettino made against Dortmund.
“We are now at the business end of the season, and you just play your best 11. From here on in, best XI and you see where you go. If you pick up injuries, which you probably will along the way - touchwood you don't - but you play your best 11 players.”
Pochettino probably had an eye on the game against Aston Villa when he selected his team for the match against Dortmund.
Spurs got the better of Villa with relative ease on Sunday afternoon, winning the Premier League game 2-0 at Villa Park.
Winning 4-0 against Dortmund at White Hart Lane on Thursday evening is unlikely, and Pochettino may not field his best team.
One suspects that the Tottenham head coach will play his best available team for the Premier League games between now and the end of the season.
After all, the North London outfit have a good chance of winning the league title.