Tottenham Hotspur full-back Serge Aurier will not feature for his side in the Champions League this evening.
Aurier has been given a run of starts for Tottenham in recent weeks, but has not always impressed.
The Ivorian actually was relatively solid in Tottenham’s last match against Everton, which they drew 1-1.
Aurier was clearly rocked by Andre Gomes’s horrific injury during that match though, and he has since been left at home, while his Tottenham teammates have travelled to Serbia.
However, Pochettino insists that Aurier has not been left out as a result of his reaction to Gomes’s injury.
“No. Decisions from the coach, from me,” the Argentine manager said when asked whether Aurirer was left out due to events on Sunday.
And when it was asked whether Aurier’s mixed form was the reason for his omission, Pochettino also dismissed the question, insisting that the call was made merely to rest the 26-year-old.
“No, because I think we have a big squad and everyone can play,” he added.
“How I manage the squad is like always, when play play, when they don’t play it depends on the decisions from the manager. Sure that we are going to play with 11 and seven on the bench.”
It is true that Pochettino has tended to rotate his Tottenham side for European matches, with his full-backs often being switched.
Aurier’s absence could offer Juan Foyth the chance to start for Spurs this evening, unless Pochettino turns to Kyle Walker-Peters again.
Tottenham could boost their chances of making it through their group significantly if they are able to pick up the three points in Belgrade this evening.