Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has insisted that he left Kieran Trippier out in midweek because he needed the rest. The build-up and aftermath of Tottenham’s 2-1 defeat at the San Siro this week was dominated by Pochettino’s decision to leave Trippier and Toby Alderweireld at home, with the boss embarking on a rant at reporters after they questioned whether he regretted the decision.
Pochettino has finally revealed why Trippier was left at home, insisting he needed a full week of rest.
“We provided more time to recover after the international break to be sure he could play in a very good way against Liverpool,” Pochettino said.
“We didn’t train too much because we prioritised the rest and recovery and of course when he played and it was a tough game against Liverpool 90 minutes, to play again three days after again a big level team, again a very good player in front it wasn’t the best and the risk was massive.
“It is not because we punish players or we are going to take risks or we are gamblers.
“It is about not risking injury and we provide him a very good week of training to be ready again.
“I go back to Manchester United, remember in the second half after 70 minutes the two full-backs Danny Rose and Kieran Trippier ask to leave the pitch and they were ready again to play one week after.
“Because they were tired. It is difficult to cope in a high-level game working hard. When you see all that happened it’s an easy answer.
But I don’t want to explain every single press conference my decisions and say, ‘No, it’s like this’.
“It’s easy to say, ‘Oh problems, oh punishment because we lose’. It’s different circumstances.
“When we assess the team we always try to find the right decision to win.”