In the wake of Tottenham’s FA Cup semi-final defeat to Chelsea at Wembley on Saturday, the post-mortem is still in progress.
Many Spurs fans are wondering why Heung-Min Son, who gave away a penalty at a key moment in the game, started as a left wing-back in a 3-4-2-1 formation.
Prior to the match, Pochettino was tasked with figuring out a system that could accommodate a number of key players, including Victor Wanyama and Heung-Min Son.
Wanyama had just returned from injury and was considered a shoo-in to start, primarily because of his excellent performance against Chelsea in the 2-0 league win back in January.
Meanwhile, Son was in the form of his life going into the semi-final, so Pochettino had to find a way to squeeze him into the starting line-up.
In the end, Ben Davies was sacrificed to make room for Son. There were some reports Davies suffered a knock prior to the game, but Pochettino has confirmed Son was picked ahead of the Welshman for tactical reasons.
Poch says he played Son at wing back on Sat to be more offensive. No Davies injury. #thfc
— Tom Allnutt (@tomallnuttPA) April 25, 2017
In hindsight, the Tottenham boss could have either stuck with the team that beat Bournemouth in the previous fixture, or he could have used Son as an impact substitute. Who said managing a football team was easy?