Mauricio Pochettino will make changes when his Tottenham Hotspur team hosts Arsenal in the crucial Capital One Cup derby at White Hart Lane tomorrow.
While Pochettino admitted at his press conference this afternoon what an important game this was, it comes at a busy time in Spurs’ season, and he is ready to rotate players to keep the players fresh for Manchester City’s trip to White Hart Lane on Saturday lunchtime.
“We have a squad that is full of important players,” Pochettino explained earlier. “We have some injuries, and we will rotate the team in different games. You can see that at Manchester United, on the first day of the season, the players were very different from the starting eleven against Crystal Palace on Sunday.”
Pochettino made clear he would support whichever players he picked. “You need to translate the confidence in your squad and I trust my squad,” he said. “The players that can play tomorrow I have no doubts will do best their best for the team.”
Tottenham 1 Crystal Palace 0 player ratings
Tottenham 1 Crystal Palace 0 player ratings
1/22 Tottenham: Lloris 7/10
Little more than a spectator for the majority of the first half, but composed and tidy when called upon. Equal to all that was thrown at him.
2/22 Walker 4
Far from convincing. Broke forward encouragingly at times but conceded possession in crucial areas too. A typical hit and miss performance.
3/22 Alderweireld 5
The Belgian exhibited a superb range of passing but did not look entirely comfortable with Palace's direct running.
4/22 Vertonghen 6
An assured display. Tracked Palace's fluid front line well and picked the moments to press forward himself well.
5/22 Davies 5
Solid but not spectacular. Kept Zaha quiet for the majority of the game and remains a more reliable option than Danny Rose at present.
6/22 Dier 6
Continues to excel in a new midfield role. Passed confidently and provided a powerful presence. In contention to retain his place even when the squad is fully fit.
7/22 Alli 7
Playing in central midfield was a big ask, but Alli answered the call. The teenager glides past his opponents, is wonderful on the ball and proved that he's not shy about getting stuck in either.
8/22 Lamela 6
The Argentine's decision making in the final third was poor. However, he was involved in a number of impressive passing interchanges and provided a spark the others struggled to.
9/22 Son 7
Solidified the instant impact that he has made. The South Korean has settled into his new surroundings, is not afraid to shoot and threatened at every opportunity. Deserved his goal.
10/22 Chaldi 5
Although always keen to run at Kelly, the Belgian's final delivery was not up to scratch. Withdrawn for Eriksen
11/22 Kane 6
Missed a glorious chance early on, which proved to be the best sight of goal he had all afternoon. Desperately needs to get off the mark before the pressure builds much more.
12/22 Reading: McCarthy 4/10
Had a busy afternoon. He made a string of saves but, crucially, couldn't always parry them to safety. At fault for Son's goal.
13/22 Kelly 5
Coped with Chadli's threat well but was unable to have any impact in Spurs' half of the pitch. Booked.
14/22 Hangeland 5
The defender's lack of pace remains his weakness but he can still read the game well. Backed off too far during the build up to Son's goal, which cost his side dearly.
15/22 Delaney 6
Battled hard and made it as difficult for Kane as he could. Not the prettiest performance, but it was what was required given how Palace's backs were against the wall.
16/22 Souare 6
The powerful full back proved his worth at both ends of the pitch. Physical in the challenge but deft with his delivery.
17/22 Cabaye 6
A relatively quiet afternoon. Passed well, as always, but could not carve open Spurs' defence. Unlucky to hit the post in the closing stages of the first half with a superb effort.
18/22 McArthur 5
Solid. His central midfield partnership with Cabaye is encouraging, but he made several foolish challenges in dangerous areas.
19/22 Zaha 5
The man to make way at the break. Used to be the jewel in Palace's crown but could struggle to hold down a regular starting berth this season.
20/22 Puncheon 6
Passed well. cut a frustrated figure in the first half but struggled to make an impact in the second as the game got away from him.
21/22 Sako 6
Pacey and powerful, the midfielder prove to be difficult to contain. Unfortunate to see his fierce drive saved by Lloris in the second half.
22/22 Bolasie 6
A constant threat. His direct running was impressive, but he couldn't make a breakthrough. Not as effective up front as on the flank, where he can isolate his opposite number.
While last year Pochettino balanced the Premier League, Capital One Cup, Europa League and FA Cup, this year he is determined to stay in as many competitions as long as possible. “Sometimes you believe it is not our priority when we select the team,” he said. “Always you need to show respect in your squad. Maybe you play in Premier League or Europa League or FA Cup, we have enough quality players to play in different competitions.”
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