Pochettino explains Vertonghen snub

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has explained why Jan Vertonghen was left out of the squad to face Aston Villa.

Spurs went behind after just nine minutes to John McGinn's goal, but a brace from Harry Kane and a solitary strike from Tanguy Ndombele secured the come from behind win.

Vertonghen was a surprising omission from the starting XI and Pochettino says that the Belgian defender needs to prove to him that it was the wrong decision to leave him out.
 
"I think everyone needs to understand we have a decision with plenty of good players in the positions. We can only play with 11 in every game, we cannot play with 13 or 14," he was quoted sa saying by Sky Sports.
 
"It is always the judgement of the manager and coaching staff and if we lose, then all the players I played were wrong and the decision was so bad. If we win, then we keep going but this is now my fifth season and everyone knows me. I'm going to play the players that deserve to play, or who I believe deserve to play or are the best to play.
 
"I don't think it's an issue and my decision today was to play with Toby [Alderweireld] and Davinson [Sanchez], and on the bench, players like Eric Dier or Serge Aurier can provide a good balance to the team.
 
"I hope that Jan, like other players who didn't play today, they need to work hard to wait and find the opportunity to play and when they do, show that I am wrong when they didn't play."

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