For all of his bold decisions ahead of the clash with Internazionale, Mauricio Pochettino’s biggest error might well have been not starting Lucas Moura.
Tottenham Hotspur were beaten 2-1 at San Siro by the Italian giants.
That after going 1-0 up in the game through a deflected Christian Eriksen strike.
Spurs were poor in the first-half, but appeared to get a foothold in the game after the break and the fortuitous effort from the Dane.
But a moment of utter brilliance from Inter talisman Mauro Icardi paved the way for Matias Vecino to win it at the death, leaving Pochettino to face the music in his press conference.
It’s Tottenham’s third straight defeat, and one that has been met with a bit of hostility from the fans and the media following some big calls in the lead up to the game.
The gamble did not pay off
Pochettino opted to leave Toby Alderweireld and Kieran Trippier behind for ‘technical reasons’.
Dele Alli and Hugo Lloris were also left behind due to niggling injuries.
The former duo really needed to start this game, which is made easier to say with hindsight.
The fact that they were available but not selected seemed a strange decision at the time and seems even stranger now. Especially given the lack of proper explanation behind the thinking by Pochettino.
Another mistake not starting Lucas Moura?
Pochettino made another grave error by not starting Lucas Moura.
The Brazilian has, arguably, been Spurs’ best player so far this season.
He has been in a rich vein of form but was benched for the game, with Heung-min Son and Erik Lamela both starting.
Neither covered themselves in any glory, with Lamela particularly poor.
Moura was introduced late on in the game and instantly set about showing why he should have started.
The £25 million signing from Paris Saint-Germain looked razor sharp. He caused huge problems down the Tottenham left.
He absolutely should feature against Brighton at the weekend.
Son looks jaded right now and Lamela is in no kind of form.