Mauricio Pochettino explains why Son Heung-min starts on the bench against Huddersfield

Heung-Min Son scored the winning goal against Manchester City in midweek (Picture: Getty)

Mauricio Pochettino insisted the need for fresh legs played a key role in his decision to bench Son Heung-min against Huddersfield.

Injuries to Dele Alli, Harry Kane and Harry Winks forced the manager into making seven changes for the visit of Jan Siewert’s already relegated side.

Son scored the winning goal during Tuesday’s quarter final first leg win over Mancehster City and the Spurs manager admitted he can ill-afford to risk further injuries with his squad already stretched to breaking point.

He said: ‘It’s a very important game after the Champions League against Manchester City. We are forced to make changes with a few injuries to Harry Kane, Harry Winks and Dele Alli.

‘Then because we need fresh players and full of energy. It will be a very difficult game. We have a good squad and we take the decision that to win the game we need full energy from beginning.

‘It’s going to be collective effort and we must work like a team. Of course the players up front must make the difference but the most important thing is the performance of the whole team. We need to be serious and be professional in the way we approach the game.

‘It will be tough, we don’t know how they are going to react and behave. We are sad because we miss the best player in the world and that is a big miss for any team. We need to move on and be optimistic we need to believe in ourselves and try to perform in the best way.

‘I am always believing in my squad and my players.’