Mauricio Pochettino has admitted he faces a difficult decision ahead of Tottenham Hotspur’s Champions League final meeting with Liverpool and knows he will be judged on it regardless of the outcome.
Speaking in an interview with the Guardian, the manager revealed that the choice he has to make regarding Harry Kane will come under scrutiny.
“We are happy,” Pochettino told the media outlet when asked whether he was confident the forward would be fit.
“Whether to start him is a point we’re thinking about a lot. It is a decision that, one way or the other, will be judged after the game. If we win: fantastic decision. If we lose: shit decision, and you are going to kill me.”
Although having Kane available for the game would ordinarily come as a huge boost to Spurs, it is also one that will provide Pochettino with a huge headache – and not one that would necessarily be welcomed.
Tottenham have been exceptional in the England international’s absence and seem to have a rather solid record when the forward is not in the team.
In the games he’s not played this season, their win percentage actually increased from 61.5 to 66.7, according to stats from FourFourTwo magazine.
Also, Lucas Moura has stepped up in recent weeks and has become a key member of the side with his vital performances.
If the Argentine boss was to play Kane, then the Brazilian is the man that would likely have to be dropped as Heung-min Son is arguably too important to leave out of the side.
It will be interesting to see what Pochettino decides to do on 1 June.