Did Pochettino make a mistake with Lucas Moura in Tottenham defeat?

Tottenham Hotspur's Argentinian head coach Mauricio Pochettino reacts on the touchline during the UEFA Champions League round of sixteen second leg football match between Tottenham Hotspur...

Lucas Moura remained an unused substitute as Tottenham Hotspur were knocked out of the Champions League on Wednesday night.

Tottenham Hotspur's Argentinian head coach Mauricio Pochettino reacts on the touchline during the UEFA Champions League round of sixteen second leg football match between Tottenham Hotspur...

It is difficult to find many decisions that Mauricio Pochettino has made during his time at Tottenham that deserve to be heavily criticised with the Argentinian helping to transform the club into a side that can compete on four fronts.

Even after the agonising defeat to Juventus in the last 16 of the Champions League, the majority of Spurs fans do not seem to be losing their heads and questioning their manager like some fans seem to when they fall at a hurdle that they, at one stage, looked set to clear. 

Tottenham Hotspur's Argentinian head coach Mauricio Pochettino (C) reacts on the touchline during the UEFA Champions League round of sixteen second leg football match between Tottenham...

Spurs appeared to have one foot in the quarter-final of the competition as Son Heung-min gave the home side a 1-0 lead on the night that put them ahead on aggregate for the first time in the tie. And with the Premier League side scoring twice in Turin in the first-leg, the situation looked bleak for the Old Lady.

However, Juve scored twice in four minutes to ensure that they would be the team going into the last eight, while Spurs now have to switch their attention to the league and FA Cup for the remaining months of the season. 

Tottenham Hotspur's Brazilian midfielder Lucas Moura celebrates after scoring their first goal during the English FA Cup fifth round football match between Rochdale and Tottenham Hotspur...

The defeat will not see Pochettino face questions about his future, but perhaps the decision not to throw Lucas Moura on in the latter stages at Wembley should be scrutinised as he may have been able to make a difference.

Lucas has looked very bright since his £25 million move to Spurs in January (via Sky Sports), but he remained an unused substitute against Juve despite the fact that Pochettino only made two changes throughout the entire game and there were 23 minutes plus stoppage-time between Paulo Dybala scoring the goal that was sending Juventus through and the final whistle. 

It would have been a gamble to throw Lucas on for one of the defenders or Mousa Dembele, but the situation the day after would have been no worse if the game had finished 3-1 because Spurs threw more attacking-minded players on to try and find an equaliser. 

Lucas may not be up to speed just yet, but perhaps Pochettino should have rolled the dice with the Brazilian for the final few minutes against Juventus in the hope that he would have made himself an immediate hero and kept Spurs' Champions League hopes alive. 

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