Robbie Savage criticises Tottenham Hotspur

Robbie Savage suggests that Tottenham Hotspur should have fielded a strong team against Borussia Dortmund in the Europa League like Liverpool did.

Former Derby County and Leicester City midfielder Robbie Savage has told BT Sport that Tottenham Hotspur should have fielded a strong team against Borussia Dortmund.

Premier League outfit Tottenham faced German side Dortmund in the Europa League last-16 tie last month.

The North London side lost the first leg of the tie 3-0 in Germany and suffered a 2-1 defeat in the second leg at White Hart Lane.

Spurs head coach Mauricio Pochettino left some of his best players out of the starting lineup in the first leg, including Harry Kane, Kyle Walker and Mousa Dembele.

Dortmund were strong favourites to win against Liverpool in the quarter-finals of the Europa League, but it was the Reds who progressed to the last four 5-4 on aggregate after winning the second leg 4-3 at Anfield on Thursday evening.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is taking the competition seriously and fielded the best possible lineups in both legs.

Savage has suggested that Tottenham should have been serious about the Europa League and should have played their strongest team against Dortmund.

“Do you know what it says to me for Spurs?” Savage told BT Sport (see video below). “Why they didn’t have a go for Dortmund? That’s what it says to me.

"We have seen Liverpool score four and they capitulated, why didn’t Spurs have a go at them?”

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