Mauricio Pochettino made major mistake over Spurs' Christian Eriksen

Christian Eriksen #23 of Tottenham Hotspur battles for the ball with Luca Antonelli #31 of AC Milan in the second half during the International Champions Cup 2018 at U.S. Bank Stadium on...

Christian Eriksen had a terrible game for Tottenham Hotspur last weekend.

Christian Eriksen of Tottenham Hotspur during the 2019 UEFA Champions League Final match between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at Wanda Metropolitano Stadium, Madrid, Spain on 1 June...

Playing Harry Kane ahead of Lucas Moura wasn't the biggest mistake by Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino in Saturday's Champions League defeat by Liverpool.

Pochettino caught criticism for starting Kane ahead of the Brazilian, whose hat-trick in the last 45 minutes away to Ajax got Tottenham into the final.

But was playing Christian Eriksen a bigger error? Perhaps.

According to The Evening Standard, Eriksen had told Spurs' hierarchy 10 days before the date in Madrid that he wanted to leave the North London club.

 

This only came to light today and, given that the Denmark international was awful against the Reds, Pochettino probably shouldn't have played him.

Yes, he might be one of the Lilywhites' best players, but his head was elsewhere and his performance proved as much.

In truth, Eriksen hasn't been his usual self for the majority of the calendar year, but you can't drop him based on that alone. You can, however, drop him if he admits that he doesn't want to play for your club anymore, less than two weeks before the biggest game in their history.

You can make an argument for starting Kane, given that it's Harry Kane, but there's no excusing Pochettino for starting Eriksen if this is true.

Christian Eriksen of Tottenham Hotspur  during the UEFA Champions League  match between Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool at the Wanda Metropolitano on June 1, 2019 in Madrid Spain

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