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Published: 11:53 | 17/3/16

Pochettino admits selection errors

Criticised over squad rotation

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has admitted making mistakes in his squad rotation strategy as the club fight for silverware on two fronts.

The north London club currently sit second in the Barclays Premier League, five points behind leaders Leicester with eight games to go, and face Borussia Dortmund tonight in the last 16 of the Europa League.

However, the Italian was criticised for fielding a weakened team in the first leg in Germany last weekend and must now overcome a 3-0 deficit if they are to progress any further in the competition.

But he is set to rest several key players for the second leg at White Hart Lane, something which is sure to anger fans hoping to prolong the club's European adventure this season.

"I believe in my squad and for one negative result now it has not changed my vision of them," Pochettino said.

"Sometimes it is difficult and I accept in a very good way the criticism because always in football if you win you are a genius, if not, you are a disaster.

"For me it is important to keep all players motivated. All players are important. It is not only to say it, it is important to show I believe in them.

"Sometimes we rotate, sometimes maybe I made a mistake. We analyse our decisions a lot. We can always do better and for that we are open to learn."

Christian Eriksen and Mousa Dembele both sat out first-team training on Wednesday and are likely to miss the Dortmund tie, while Harry Kane may or may not feature after coming off the bench late in the first leg as Pochettino looks ahead to the Premier League clash at home to Bournemouth on Sunday.

By: Kieran O'Daly

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