Following his brace against Crystal Palace in the Premier League at the weekend, Mauricio Pochettino rotated his squad and started Son Heung-Min from the bench during Tottenham Hotspur’s draw against Olympiakos in the Champions League.
Danny Murphy has admitted that he was surprised that Mauricio Pochettino opted to start Son Heung-Min from the bench as Tottenham recorded a 2-2 draw against Olympiakos in the Champions League on Wednesday night.
Before the game, Pochettino decided to bring Dele Alli, who was yet to start a game for Spurs this season, back into the fold following his early-season injury, with Son missing out.
The South Korea international had previously netted a brace against Crystal Palace over the weekend, but with the fixture list piling up, Pochettino decided to rotate.
Speaking on The Debate Show on Sky Sports Premier League (18/09/2019 at 10:20 pm), Murphy believes in the end Spurs will see the positives from their point in Greece.
“It’s game management here,” Murphy told The Debate. “You’re winning, you drop off and then you are on the back foot. You know it. You are talking with the lads, ‘come on, change the mindset of being back on the front foot’.
“But it’s hard because the other fact [you have to put into consideration] is that the other team are playing free. When you are a goal or two down, the other team take risks that you don’t need to take, so you protect what you have, subconsciously.
“I think away fixture, first one, not everybody is up to speed yet after four or five games, [but] I was a bit surprised [to see] Son on the bench after his performance at the weekend. But rotation is everywhere now. I think he [Pochettino] will wake up in the morning, and the performance might not be top of the tree, but the point is a good point.”
It was a frustrating evening for the London club, who let a two-goal lead slip against a Greek side that had amazingly conceded only one goal from their previous nine matches and were yet to be beaten this term.
They went two-up inside the first half-hour, with Harry Kane netting from the spot and Lucas Moura smashing in a shot from outside of the area.
But the London club allowed their opponents to come back into the game, as they at one point, looked like the team that would go on to win the game.
Son did come off the bench late in the second half, but the versatile attacker wasn’t able to stamp his authority on the game, as Pochettino’s side walk away with a point from their opening group game.