Mauricio Pochettino has explained why he deployed right-back Serge Aurier at left-back in the 4-1 win over Liverpool on Sunday.
Aurier was up against Liverpool’s top goalscorer, Mohamed Salah and managed to keep the Egyptian winger quiet.
Salah did score Liverpool’s only goal of the game, but cut a frustrated figure on the wing for most of the game.
Liverpool were torn to pieces by Tottenham and Pochettino revealed just how important it was to keep their best attacking threat at bay.
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‘That is up to you whether [playing Aurier on the left] was forced,’ Pochettino said after the game.
‘If you play in some ways, it works sometimes.
‘Salah is a player who is playing on the right, always going on his left, running.
‘Serge (Aurier) is fast and strong, his right, he can play in that position like at PSG.
‘We won, we are so happy, the credit is for the players, they played very well.’
Liverpool struggled to live with the pace and power of Tottenham and were all over the place up against Pochettino’s 5-3-2 formation.
Harry Kane plundered two goals, one after four minutes as the England international broke his Wembley duct.
It was a superb performance from Spurs, but Jurgen Klopp will have been worried to see his side collapse at the back from the very start.
Klopp hauled off Dejan Lovren after 31 minutes, but the change could not stop Tottenham grabbing two more goals before full-time.