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Spurs boss insists he's the boss
28 Feb 2015 22:10
Mauricio Pochettino is not losing sleep over letting down those Tottenham players who will not feature in the Capital One Cup final, insisting they need to know he is the boss.
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Spurs face London rivals Chelsea at Wembley (4pm) looking to win their first trophy since a 2-1 victory over the Blues in 2008 in the same competition.
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Pochettino's side have now played more games than any other Premier League side this season, with Thursday night's 2-0 Europa League defeat to Fiorentina their 44th fixture.
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During that time the Argentinian has shuffled his pack but, with no more FA Cup or European commitments, he can now focus fully on Sunday's cup final.
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There will be several key decisions to make in the hope of beating Jose Mourinho's Chelsea, with a toss-up between Hugo Lloris and Michel Vorm for the goalkeeper position just one of an intriguing number of battles.
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Lloris has been in fine form this season but Vorm has played throughout the cup run and, with decisions on central-defensive partnerships and which attacking talent to deploy, Pochettino will have been nursing some serious headaches in the build-up to his first English final.
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But the 42-year-old will not be selecting a team on sentiment and neither will he have any qualms in telling those who have not made his side that they have missed out.
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"Always it is a difficult moment," he said.
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"Players want to play always and in all competitions. Every time you pick the starting XI or the squad of 18 it is always difficult to communicate to the players who are not in the squad. But this is football, this is our job and us and the players need to understand always about my decision.
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"In each game and every game I take a decision and analyse which is the best side to pick. It's not a different rule for the final. The players, like on the first day, need to understand that I am the boss.
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"I decide the squad, I decide the starting XI and I decide who plays and who does not. It is true that it is a final and an important game but the players need to accept my decision."
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