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Football: Perils of Mauricio Pochettino's autocratic way at Tottenham

Quietly, Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has become the Premier League's king of the falling-out.
Quietly, Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has become the Premier League's king of the falling-out.PHOTO: REUTERS

Spurs boss can't afford to sideline talismans Vertonghen and Eriksen against City today

Jan Vertonghen looked nonplussed. A fixture in the Tottenham team sat in the stands, watching them labour to a 3-1 victory against Aston Villa last Saturday.

He was fit - though not as fit, apparently, as Mauricio Pochettino wanted - but did not even rate a place on a bench including Serge Aurier, Victor Wanyama, Oliver Skipp and Georges-Kevin Nkoudou and on a day when Son Heung-min, Dele Alli, Ryan Sessegnon and Giovani Lo Celso were unavailable.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 17, 2019, with the headline 'Perils of Poch's autocratic way'. Print Edition | Subscribe