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Mauricio Pochettino must drop Tottenham duo Kieran Trippier and Ben Davies for North London derby

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Mauricio Pochettino must drop Tottenham duo Kieran Trippier and Ben Davies for North London derby

Ben Davies and Kieran Trippier struggled in midweek.

There were not many positives to come out of Wednesday night’s defeat to Chelsea for Tottenham Hotspur.

This result effectively dropped Tottenham out of the title race and allowed bitter rivals Arsenal to move within four points of them ahead of this weekend’s North London derby.

But defeat to Chelsea indicated that Mauricio Pochettino needs to ring the changes when Arsenal travel to Wembley.

After watching his team fall apart at Stamford Bridge, Pochettino surely needs to drop his two full-backs for the Arsenal clash.

Kieran Trippier and Ben Davies had evenings to forget as Chelsea enjoyed plenty of success down the flanks.


And Trippier’s night was made even worse when he inexplicably slotted the ball into his own net to double Chelsea’s lead.

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Trippier could lose his place to either Serge Aurier or Kyle Walker-Peters and he deserves to be dropped after another poor display.

Pochettino has a tricky choice, though, given Aurier’s ill-discipline and Walker-Peters’ inexperience.

Replacing left-back Davies should be a formality with Danny Rose fully fit and ready to regain his starting spot.

If Rose does struggle, Jan Vertonghen can always fill in at left-back after he demonstrated his ability to play left-wing-back in the Champions League.

Pochettino might make more than two changes but switching up both full-backs is vital, otherwise the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan will run riot in the North London derby.

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