Mauricio Pochettino shares the reason why Ben Davies didn't play against Swansea City

Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur look on prior to the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Swansea City at Wembley Stadium on September 16, 2017 in London,...

Ben Davies missed Tottenham's clash with his former club Swansea City.

Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur look on prior to the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Swansea City at Wembley Stadium on September 16, 2017 in London,...Mauricio Pochettino

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has told Football.London that he rested Ben Davies after picking up a knock against Borussia Dortmund.

 

With 3-0 and 3-1 wins over Everton and Borussia Dortmund respectively over the last week, Spurs looked for another victory against Swansea on Saturday evening, with many backing Pochettino's men for all three points.

 

Swansea went into the game with just one win from their four Premier League games, but they came to stifle Tottenham at Wembley Stadium – and they did just that.

 

Toby Alderweireld of Tottenham Hotspur looks dejected after the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Swansea City at Wembley Stadium on September 16, 2017 in London, England.Toby Alderweireld of Tottenham Hotspur looks dejected

Spurs couldn't break Paul Clement's men down despite dominating possession, and they were left to take a 0-0 draw – meaning they have now dropped seven points at Wembley from three games, after dropping only four points in the entirety of last season at White Hart Lane.

After two tough games, Pochettino decided to switch up his side, with Moussa Sissoko starting in midfield, whilst Son Heung-min was surprisingly deployed as a wing back to open the game.

Pochettino's reshuffle seemingly came because Ben Davies, who has impressed so much at left wing back this season, was only on the bench, and Tottenham seemingly didn't have the balance that the Welshman provides down the left.

Ben Davies of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match between Everton and Tottenham Hotspur at Goodison Park on September 9, 2017 in Liverpool, England.

Davies, who left Swansea for Spurs in 2014, didn't even come off the bench, leading many to wonder just why he had been left out of the side with so few options able to replace him, especially with Danny Rose still out injured.

After the final whistle, manager Pochettino revealed to Football.London that Davies took a knock to the ankle against Dortmund, and rather than risk him again, he decided to utilise his squad – which didn't quite pay off.

“Because I think first of all he got a big knock on his ankle against Borussia Dortmund,” said Pochettino. “But I think for different reasons we need to rotate the squad because we have a lot of games, but I think one player is not key to win or to lose. When you have 24 or 25 players you can use everyone,” he added.

 

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