Harry Redknapp makes honest admission about Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino
Harry Redknapp assesses Tottenham's Champions League exit at the hands of Monaco last week
Harry Redknapp believes that Tottenham’s Champions League exit highlights that Mauricio Pochettino still has plenty to learn as a manager.
The north London side were dumped out of Europe’s elite club competition at the group stage after their 2-1 loss to Monaco on Tuesday night.
It was a disappointing exit for the Lilywhites, who had booked their place in the Champions League thanks to their third-placed finish in the Premier League last season.
Pochettino has earned plenty of new admirers for the impact that he has had since taking over at Tottenham from Southampton.
However, former Spurs boss Redknapp believes that the European exit indicates that the Argentine manager still has a lot to learn.
Writing in his column for The London Evening Standard, Redknapp said: “Mauricio Pochettino is one of the most promising managers around but Tottenham’s Champions League exit shows he is still on a learning curve.
“I’m a great admirer of Pochettino and the way his teams play but failing to qualify from a poor group is a massive disappointment.
“You have to play your best players in the biggest games, so his decision to leave out Jan Vertonghen and Kyle Walker against Monaco was a strange one.
“I heard someone on the radio defending Pochettino’s team selection by saying ‘they are trying to qualify for the Champions League’ but they were already in it! Trying to get back in it again next year is obviously important but you have to do everything you can to stay in it while you are there.
“Pochettino picked a team he thought could win but they weren’t good enough. We’ve all done it. Hindsight is great. I’ve played a reserve goalkeeper when maybe I shouldn’t have done or picked the wrong players to give a chance to one or two who’ve had to wait for a game. Those are the things you regret when it backfires.
“Spurs already looked a bit disjointed at the back without Toby Alderweireld so leaving out Vertonghen and Walker only made it worse.”
Tottenham could still make it through to the last 32 of the Europa League if they finish in third place in their Champions League group before Christmas.