Five Tottenham players out of Inter Champions League opener

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

Pochettino, who is yet to win a major trophy as Tottenham manager, said that on current form Spurs can not be regarded as a major contender for any trophy.

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino says that he wanted to sign AS Monaco-owned Inter Milan forward Keita Balde.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference on Monday, Pochettino said: 'We are not realistic contenders in any single competition, that is my view. If we show the face as against Liverpool, so hard.

The Spurs boss was not willing to expand on his decision, cryptically saying: "It's a technical decision". You cannot bring 25 players and can only play 11 and seven on the bench. You can look it up in the dictionary.

"You are clever enough to understand that".

"The plan is to leave them there and use different players tomorrow". We came from hard circumstances with the World Cup.

Toby Alderweireld of Tottenham during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool FC at Wembley Stadium
Pochettino is right to gamble without Tottenham duo against Inter Milan

Meanwhile, Pochettino's decision to rest the likes of Trippier and Alderweireld - two very important players in the setup - has left fans confused.

Pochettino has faced questions about the fatigue levels of nine of his players who reached the final weekend of the World Cup in Russian Federation.

But Pochettino said the team's struggles in their back-to-back league defeats by Watford and Liverpool was more down to a failure of the collective than individual performances.

Recent poor form for Spurs has added further shade to what has been an uneven start to the season, exacerbated by the club being unable to move into their new stadium due to safety concerns and construction delays.

Mauricio Pochettino has indicated that he was interested in bringing in Keita Balde to Tottenham Hotspur before he joined Monaco past year.

Spurs have been drawn in a tough Champions League Group B, which also includes Barcelona and PSV Eindhoven.

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