Mauricio Pochettino has explained the “painful decision” Tottenham made to remove Juan Foyth from their Champions League squad.
Tottenham updated their Champions League squad for the knockout stages on Friday, with new signing Lucas Moura being drafted in.
One player had to drop out as a result, and the unlucky individual was Foyth.
The centre-half has been on the bench for four Champions League games and played the full 90 minutes of the 3-0 win over APOEL Nicosia in December, but has made way for Moura.
Pochettino says it was a difficult call.
“That is not only my decision. It is a club decision, with the chairman, the administration and with the chief scout. It was a club decision,” he said.
“But you know it was Lamela in the first part of the Champions League. Now we cannot put all players in there, because we struggle a little bit with the list because that situation is the reality. We don’t have space for everyone.
“Like I told you, Lucas was an opportunity in the end, on the last day of the transfer market. We knew that if you bring in a player on the last day we knew that we didn’t have the space then for some other player.
“It’s very painful but I think Juan, when we signed him, we believed in him like a future, potential top player and of course he’s going to play how he’s playing in the FA Cup, different games and we are so happy with his evolution.
“Of course it’s not a big deal this situation and of course he understands. But for me it’s very painful because that situation happened and it looks like we don’t have a plan. But I told you as a club at the moment we sign opportunities and this was a great opportunity for us but in the same way you need to take a very painful decision.”