Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino confused by the focus on his team selections

Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur looks on prior to the Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Tottenham Hotspur at American Express Community Stadium on...

The Tottenham Hotspur boss has been questioned over his team selection in recent weeks.

Mauricio Pochettino is pictured inside the photo booth prior to The Best FIFA Football Awards at Royal Festival Hall on September 24, 2018 in London, England.

Mauricio Pochettino admits he doesn't really understand why so many people are focused on his team selections and considers it 'disrespecting' his players. 

The questions over his selections begun with the game against Internazionale last week as Keiran Trippier and Toby Alderweireld were left at home.

The Tottenham Hotspur boss put that down to 'technical' reasons but the resulting defeat didn't help convince people that it was the right decision.

 

Similarly, Pochettino is expected to rotate for the Carabao Cup game with Watford this week - a move that again sees him questioned about taking unnecessary risks in a competition Spurs could win.

"We have a lot of games ahead," he said, quoted by the Independent.

"I think we rotate, trying to find the best solution to try to win games.

"But the obsession here in England is to try to disrespect the players who play in one or another competition, and for me it's so difficult to understand.

"In the end for me it's about the squad. It's about being a team. If you want to win some competitions you can win or lose with one or with another."

Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur applauds fans after the Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Tottenham Hotspur at American Express Community Stadium on September 22,...

Pochettino has been put in a difficult position with Harry Kane being out of form, Dele Alli being injured, and Son Heung-Min being away at the Asia Cup.

But while he's right that he needs to utilise his squad, he may be missing the point being made by the criticism. While there's no doubt whatsoever that Tottenham will try to beat Watford, he's clearly not giving his all to secure it if he leaves out his best players.

The debate isn't around who deserves to play or how to rotate his team but rather that Tottenham could benefit from a decent run in the Carabao Cup - if Pochettino believes it simply isn't worth the risk of tiring his best players, then that's a different argument.

If he plays a second-string team in the competition, the pressure to succeed in the other three will be greater - but surely that's the risk he knows he's taking? 

Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur gives his team instructions during the Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Tottenham Hotspur at American Express...

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