Pochettino explains Trippier & Alderweireld absences for Inter clash

Mauricio Pochettino Manager of Tottenham Hotspur speaks to the media during the Tottenham Hotspur press conference at San Siro Stadium

Mauricio Pochettino Manager of Tottenham Hotspur speaks to the media during the Tottenham Hotspur press conference at San Siro Stadium

Mauricio Pochettino says there are no ulterior motives beyond the "technical" reasons for leaving Kieran Trippier and Toby Alderweireld out of Tottenham's squad to face Inter.

However, in spite of being fit, the defensive duo will miss the trip, along with other injury absentees Hugo Lloris, Dele Alli, Moussa Sissoko, Georges-Kevin N'Koudou and Juan Foyth.

France's World Cup-winning captain Lloris has been ruled out for several weeks with a thigh injury with Alli and Sissoko both carrying hamstring injuries.

"They are in London". Then a technical decision in London - Toby Alderweireld and Kieran Trippier.

"It's a technical decision".

Toby Alderweireld of Tottenham during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool FC at Wembley Stadium

Tottenham lie sixth in the Premier League with three wins and two defeats so far, while the Italians languish down in 14th having won just one of their opening four games. You can look it up in the dictionary.

"Tactical is on the pitch".

"You are clever enough to understand that this is my fifth season and I never punish players", the Tottenham manager told reporters.

And Pochettino channelled his inner-Eric Cantona by using a freaky cow analogy to warn his Spurs players that they must learn from their mistakes or forget about putting themselves in contention for any silverware this season. "We believe the best decision is to play with different players".

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