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Pochettino explains why he dropped Vertonghen

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Last week, Jan Vertonghen was not featured on the Tottenham Hotspur squad, and today Pochettino explained why.

In the first match of the English Premier League season for Tottenham Hotspur, Jan Vertonghen was absent.

The club ended up winning 3-1 against Aston Villa, and today manager Mauricio Pochettino explained why he dropped the player.

“No, no, no, I won’t talk about rumors,” Pochettino told Football London.

“I am happy with all the players and personal relationship with all the players is good.”

He explained: “If you don’t like the players and they know you that you are… that is a football decision. It is a football decision.”

“It is painful when a player is out of the squad or not involved. Or was involved and is now not involved.”

“That is a football decision. My relationship with him or any other player is not based on whether you play or don’t play,” he said.

“After of course it can affect the personal relationship because all the players want to play. But always I am before.”

Pochettino said: “Before we understand a player is a person before a player and we treat all the same way. We respect all.”

“When picking the starting 11 and the 7 subs if you are not in the loss you all be happy or upset but that does not justify some people to behave differently. That is not the case.”

“My decision is always trying to be professional,” he concluded.