Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino left Toby Alderweireld and Kieran Trippier out of the squad that travelled to Inter Milan in the Champions League.
Pochettino said that the pair had been omitted for ‘technical reasons’.
What that exactly means is open to interpretation, and Tottenham fans have been on Twitter discussing why the pair were left out.
Many are of the opinion that Alderweireld and Trippier had some sort of altercation which led to both players being left out of the European tie.
There is no question that the pair were missed as Tottenham suffered a 2-1 defeat, and there was something strange about their absence.
It will be very interesting to see whether the pair return for the Premier League clash with Brighton & Hove Albion this weekend.
And indeed whether Tottenham reveal the real reason for why they were not involved. Pochettino can call it a ‘technical decision’, but there is something more, according to a number of Spurs supporters.
A selection of the Twitter reaction can be seen below:
— Georgey Boy (@StokesN17) September 19, 2018
Pochettino is a massive believer of “respect”. It’s paramount to his philosophy, and it’s what’s kept the lads together. He demands that they respect each other, so you can sort of understand why he took umbrage with the altercation between Alderweireld and Trippier. #THFC #COYS
— Jaymes Payten (@JaymesPayten) September 19, 2018
Tactical decision. Tbh I’m not mad at that, our whole squad needs a rest
— Shelbie ⚽🏴 (@Shelbie_THFC) September 18, 2018
I know he said that, but come on. You don’t drop your best CB and RB for tactical reasons. Must be something more.
— Ronny S (@RonnyS0L) September 18, 2018
Anyone else have a feeling Alderweireld may not play in the champions league this season for us as Poch doesn’t want to cup tie him and he’ll be off in January? #THFC
— Lauren (@LaurenScanlon18) September 18, 2018
Inside information from a Tottenham player who never please was that they both got into a bust up hence they’ve been left out.
— James Aaron (@footyuknews4u) September 18, 2018