Mauricio Pochettino has spoken of his pain at not being able to include Juan Foyth in Tottenham’s Champions League squad.
The Argentinian has forced his way into Pochettino’s side in recent weeks, starting the last three Premier League games, but will miss the crunch Champions League clash with Inter Milan tonight as he is not included in the club’s 25-man squad.
The 20-year-old defender was omitted from the list as Spurs have 20 “non-locally trained” players in their squad and are only allowed to name 17, so he was one to be sacrificed.
“I’m so disappointed from the beginning because it’s not only him but Georges-Kevin N’Koudou and Vincent Janssen are out of the squad in the Champions League and that’s so painful,” Pochettino said. “It’s so painful. It’s a mistake that we made that at this level of football we cannot repeat again.
For different reasons we need to find solutions before the start of the season. “I was so disappointed because the squad was so big and when the people say, ‘You’re the only club that doesn’t sign any players’, to sign another player means to put another player out of the list for the Champions League.
“I told you we need English players, but it was impossible. Of course now that is the problem and it’s so painful to have players out of the list. “Now we’re going to finish [the group stage] and then we hope in March we can do a new list and include him in the list for the Champions League.”