Mauricio Pochettino says he will consider playing a less experienced side in the FA Cup next season following Tottenham’s semi-final defeat to Manchester United.
Spurs suffered their eighth straight FA Cup semi-final loss on Saturday, the longest such run in the history of the competition.
And having endured particularly painful defeats at this stage in each of the last two seasons, Pochettino has suggested taking the competition less seriously could be good for the club.
“Yes, I am thinking with Tottenham to play with kids the next time. I agree with you,” he told reporters after the game (via the Guardian).
“It is my job to be criticised when we don’t win. The problem is the perception sometimes is not realistic.
“But maybe next we will provide the possibility to play with kids and I’m sure it will be fantastic for experience and everything. Then we stop to arrive in this situation.”
I can understand Pochettino’s response to an extent. He is probably annoyed at the critical reaction to going out in the semi-final when others top sides – Arsenal and Liverpool for example – were eliminated in much earlier rounds.
Those teams avoid criticism despite their failure to reach the same stage as Tottenham. It’s similar to the situation when the league runners-up are ridiculed more intensely than the teams below them despite their achievement being greater.
All of that said, Spurs could really go with winning a trophy to prove their doubters wrong, and that’s not going to happen if Pochettino plays the kids next term.
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