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Tony Cascarino says Pochettino shouldn’t have started Winks against Liverpool

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Tony Cascarino says Pochettino shouldn’t have started Winks against Liverpool

Much has been made of the decision to start Harry Kane on Saturday, but Harry Winks also came back from injury too.

Tony Cascarino feels Mauricio Pochettino got his tactical decisions all wrong in Saturday’s Champions League final defeat against Liverpool.

Spurs went down 2-0 against the Reds and much of the post-match talk – just like the pre-match hubbub – has centred around the decision to play Harry Kane.

But according to the Times, the Game, 03/06, page 11, Cascarino has said that the decision to play Winks was the wrong one.

He said: “Nobody would pretend that Mauricio Pochettino is not a brilliant manager but he had a bad day. He got all of the big calls wrong.

 

“He put Harry Winks in the team, which allowed Christian Eriksen to play further forward. Winks did OK but it was the wrong call because Spurs became much more dangerous when he went off.”

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It’s a strange one that Cascarino says Winks played well but also that he shouldn’t have played. It’s also odd that Winks seemed to be fully fit while Kane was pilloried for not being sharp.

In truth, the early goal gave Tottenham a mighty fright and they didn’t truly recover; playing too conservatively, with not one player able to take a risk.

Winks was probably the safest in possession – but that’s his game. It was just one of those nights for Tottenham, in truth.

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