Pochettino branded “a rookie manager” after Spurs’ defeat

Mauricio Pochettino acted like “a rookie manager” during Tottenham’s Champions League final defeat to Liverpool, says Tony Cascarino.

Liverpool ended the European dream for Pochettino and Spurs by defeating them 2-0 for Saturday’s final in Madrid.

Mohamed Salah scored a controversial second-minute penalty before substitute Divock Origi struck late to earn the Reds a sixth Champions League crown.

One of the major talking points, however, was Pochettino’s decision to start Harry Kane over semi-final hat-trick hero Lucas Moura.

It was the first time Kane had played a competitive match since April 9 and he struggled to make an impact. The striker did just one shot throughout the entire 90 minutes, while making 26 touches and 11 passes.

After the defeat, a defiant Pochettino insisted he had “no regrets” over selecting Kane over Lucas.

But Cascarino called out the Argentine for getting his big decisions all wrong.

“Kane, [Harry] Winks and [Kieran] Trippier were three names I had written down yesterday morning,” the ex-Chelsea striker told talkSPORT.

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“Kane, I just didn’t get it at all. Football is littered with some clubs, and internationally, that selected players who have been injured and I don’t like it.

“I think it is silly because you cannot prepare a player for a match, especially of this magnitude.

“I felt Pochettino really managed his team like a rookie manager.

“Pochettino got it wrong last night. It’s hard to criticise a guy who has done so brilliantly for a football club and like we chatted earlier about the finances of the club, being competitive, it has been exceptional.

“Pochettino had all the decisions to make in this game and not [Jurgen] Klopp as we knew how they played and their personnel, we knew that.

“I think his team lack experience because he is always wanting to improve players. Poch has always gone for that.

“He wants to get a player in and make them better. He’s done that and that’s fine but you are missing that in the final.”

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