Just as all winning sides need a tough, pragmatic manager prepared to face and make difficult, (unemotional), decisions, Bob. Unfortunately, I consider the team's loss to Juventus was the result of Pochettino's team selections & tactics.
Alderweireld & Rose are two of the best in Europe, in their respective positions. Cardinal rule in football; 'always pick your best players' Yet, Pochettino did not select either of them. There was no question at all regarding the fitness to play of Rose, and there seems to be universal skepticism, (Zid being the exception ) regarding the vaguely worded reasons advanced by the Manager for Alderweireld's continuing non selection. Both players are under contract to Spurs, and both will want to take full advantage of the opportunity to display their best form for inclusion in their respective world cup squads. So there are only benefits to be gained by the club by continuing to select them during this season, instead of omitting them because they may move on next season.
I don't think it necessary to comment on Pochettinno's insistence on purchasing, and even worse, selecting Lamela, Jansen, Llorente & Sissoko. His loyalty to Lamela is all very laudable, but his job is to act professionally, in the best interests of the club, not play nursemaid.
There is no question in my mind that Kane's sharpness both in movement and shooting, has deteriorated markedly in recent weeks. Almost certainly due to the amount of work he is required to put in foraging for the ball in the middle third of the pitch; when he should be receiving service of the ball, when he is in and around the opponents penalty box, (from where he has scored, I think, somewhere around 80% of his goals!). Pochetinno has done nothing to adjust the tactics whereby Kane will be enabled to spend time in the areas where he has proved most lethal, and has some support from another striker.
Ideally play with three strikers up front; as City, Liverpool & Chelsea are doing currently, so successfully. On current form, (not to mention his irritating & disruptive school boyish petulance), I do not consider Dele Alli worthy of selection ahead of Lucas Moura, who has looked impressive in his limited appearances. Moura, Kane & Son, look pretty good to me as a strike force, capable of testing the best of defences, within the EPL.
My team, which I think would have seen Spurs through to the next round of the Champions League; and which I think Pochettino should go with, for the rest of the season ; but he won't!
Formation: 1-4-2-1-3. Lloris; Trippier, Alderweireld ( or Sanchez),Vertonghen, Rose; Dembele, Dier; Eriksen;
Moura, Kane, Son