Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino has admitted difficulty in picking his playing eleven ahead of his side's weekend trip to Stoke City.

The Lilywhites will be desperately eyeing a victory against Mark Hughes' team, having failed to win two of their opening three Premier League matches.

The return to match fitness of their skipper Hugo Lloris is a boost for the former Southampton manager and his team.

However, the return leaves the manager in a precarious position as he now faces the task of picking between goalkeepers Lloris and Michel Vorm, who has been more than impressive in the two matches he has played for the full 90 minutes.

The manager also took time to speak about his belief in the players, who he thinks will understand why he needs to play certain players and why they themselves haven't been picked.  


"Yes, that is the worst [part of the job] because you have 24, 25 players who deserve to play but the rules say you can only pick eleven!" Pochettino told his club's official website.

"It’s always a tough decision for me to pick the starting 11, it’s difficult with every [position] but that is football.

"Every supporter will have a different idea and will pick different names, but this is my tough job to decide and select the starting 11.

"Sometimes it’s difficult to be fair with everyone but it’s football and they understand that and accept it."

Following the trip to Stoke, Tottenham kick off their Champions League campaign by hosting Monaco at Wembley.