Tottenham boss Pochettino defends Adebayor captaincy decision

Tottenham Hotspur Coach Mauricio Pochettino has explained why Emmanuel Adebayor wore the captain’s armband in the Capital One Cup win Sheffield United, ESPN has reported.

Spurs won the first-leg of the semi-final tie through an Andros Townsend penalty but eyebrows were raised when Adebayor was named skipper for the contest despite having figured only sporadically in recent weeks. Adebayor received a mixed reaction from the home supporters but Pochettino clarified his position after the match.

“He is one of the three captains,” Pochettino said. “You forget (I named them) at the beginning of the season. I think this is not the moment to explain why. When I took the decision it was seven months ago. I took the decision that [Younes] Kaboul, [Hugo] Lloris and Adebayor were three captains, seven months ago. It’s a long, long time ago that happened.”

Questioned about the reaction from the White Hart Lane crowd when a sectioned appeared to boo Adebayor as he left the pitch when Roberto Soldado was brought on, Pochettino insisted he wasn’t aware of any negativity. “I had no doubts about (making him captain),” he added. “I didn’t hear any (bad reaction). I am focused on the game.”

The second-leg takes place at United’s Brammall Lane next week with the winners facing the winners of the other semi-final, which pits Liverpool against Chelsea. That game is level at 1-1 from the first leg, Eden Hazard’s penalty cancelled out by Raheem Sterling.

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