Two games within the space of 48 hours was always going to stretch Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham side to the limti and that was reflected in the number of chances the Argentine made on Wednesday night.
Despite the EFL Cup looking like Spurs’ most likely chance of silverware thus far this season and a tricky trip to local rivals West Ham, Pochettino made ten changes to the side narrowly beaten 1-0 by Manchester City on Monday.
Trying to keep his team fresh while also having a long injury list to contend with meant that Serge Aurier lined up at left-back at the London Stadium.
It’s fair to say it didn’t work. It’s not quite clear why the more versatile Kyle Walker-Peters didn’t get the nod on the left but the Ivorian was caused problems by youngster Grady Diangana all night.
Pochettino and Tottenham got away with it last night, thanks to a timid West Ham performance and some clinical finishing but that does not mean to say it should be repeated.
Aurier is prone to diving in at times when he’s in his favoured right-back position, so perhaps it is no surprise that he struggled on the other flank.