Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen left ‘fuming’ after being dropped by Mauricio Pochettino for Spurs’ opening day win against Aston Villa
- Jan Vertonghen was ‘fuming’ after being dropped for the 3-1 win over Aston Villa
- Mauricio Pochettino left him out as he was unhappy with the defender’s fitness
- Tottenham players were surprised that Vertonghen stayed to watch the game
Jan Vertonghen was so furious about his omission from Tottenham’s season opener some of his teammates were surprised he stayed to watch the game.
Manager Mauricio Pochettino made an example of defender Vertonghen, leaving him out of the 3-1 win against Aston Villa on Saturday.
Pochettino made the call having been left unimpressed with the centre-back’s fitness following Spurs’s pre-season though explained the decision as a tactical one.
Spurs players were surprised Jan Vertonghan (second left) watched their win over Aston Villa
The defender was described as ‘fuming’ at Mauricio Pochettino’s decision to drop him
Toby Alderweireld and Davinson Sanchez were selected to start instead and the versatile Eric Dier named on the bench.
Vertonghen, who insisted after the game that he was fit and not injured, was described as ‘fuming’ at Pochettino’s decision to leave him out of his squad altogether.
Pochettino informed his players of his squad on Friday and Vertonghen attended the game after training in the morning.
Though his simmering unhappiness was picked up by his teammates ahead of the game and evident as he watched on from the stands.
Pochettino was unimpressed with the centre-back’s fitness following Spurs’s pre-season
Pochettino’s training and pre-season sessions have been as tough as ever so his disappointment at Vertonghen’s condition was clear to see from his squad selection.
That punishing routine continued this week with double sessions for his players on Tuesday and Wednesday, giving Vertonghen further opportunity to get up to speed and try and get back in Pochettino’s plans for Spurs’s trip to Manchester City on Saturday evening.
Meanwhile, deadline day signing Ryan Sessegnon hopes to start training again next week.
The £25m capture from Fulham has been dogged by a hamstring injury picked up during England’s under-21 campaign during the summer.
Pochettino plans to bed him in slowly at Spurs and the 19 year-old is aiming to be in contention to play again in mid-September, after the first international break of the season.
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