Mauricio Pochettino feels Juan Foyth may struggle for regular starts

Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur looks on prior to the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea FC at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on November 24, 2018 in...

Tottenham Hotspur beat Chelsea 3-1 on Saturday night.

Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur looks on prior to the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea FC at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on November 24, 2018 in...

Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino has told Football.London that he thinks Juan Foyth will only start for one of two reasons; when somebody needs a rest or if somebody is unavailable.

Spurs hosted London rivals Chelsea at Wembley Stadium last night, and were hoping to claim bragging rights whilst attempting to keep the pressure on Manchester City and Liverpool, who both won earlier on Saturday.

It ended up being a dream evening for Spurs, as they raced into a 2-0 lead inside the first 20 minutes, with Dele Alli's header and a long-range Harry Kane strike setting them on their way.

 

Son then bagged a third after the break, before Olivier Giroud pulled a goal back for Chelsea, but it was nothing more than a consolation as Tottenham ran out convincing winners.

Much of the praise will go to Tottenham's goalscorers and chief creator Christian Eriksen, but defender Foyth put in another solid performance in just his third Premier League appearance.

The young Argentinian has been through a dramatic start to life in the Premier League; he gave away two penalties on his debut against Wolves before scoring the winner at Crystal Palace last time out.

Juan Foyth of Tottenham outjumps Alvaro Morata of Chelsea to win the ball during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea FC at Wembley Stadium on November 24, 2018...

With Jan Vertonghen not yet match fit and Davinson Sanchez out injured, Foyth again started on Saturday, but Pochettino summed up the struggles Foyth may have in search of playing time.

Pochettino admitted that Foyth was 'fantastic' and really believes in him, but may only play when players need to rest or are unavailable, seemingly making him fourth choice behind Vertonghen, Sanchez and Toby Alderweireld, and we may see little of him once they are all available, limiting his playing time.

“Yeah, but always it's the same. We can't play with 14 or 15 players from the beginning of the game,” said Pochettino. “I think for Juan to play another needs to rest or another needs to be out of the team. Of course we trust in all the players but in the same way when we take the decision to put one or another on the pitch it's because we really believe that they can play well. I think today he was fantastic, maybe a few actions, but it was his third Premier League game and yes a lot of things have happened in the last few months for him. But I think the confidence we have in him and trust is why we put him in to play and I think today it's about confirming that it's not about the names on the pitch. It's about the right attitude,” he added.

Eden Hazard of Chelsea is challenged by Juan Foyth of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea FC at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on November 24,...

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