Harambee Stars captain Victor Wanyama has revealed he was pissed off by former Tottenham Hotspur head coach Mauricio Pochettino for leaving him out of the starting lineup in the Champions League final against Liverpool last year.
After a good performance in the semi-finals versus Ajax, Wanyama expected to be in the starting line-up but the Argentine opted to name him on the bench.
“I was frustrated, I was really, really pissed off not to start that game,” Wanyama told the Athletic.
“And even more pissed off because we didn’t win. I tried to encourage those who played.
“We went back to the hotel after the game. I couldn’t sleep at all. The situation was going around in my head. My brother Mariga was also on the bench in a Champions League final for Inter Milan against Bayern Munich [in 2010].
“He had to sit on the bench for the full game, so he could relate and understood what I was going through.”
Wanyama had suffered a knee injury which had sidelined him for a long spell. However, when he came back it was not the same.
“When I came back from injury I didn’t get enough chances to play and enjoy my football. When I came back, the club should have trusted me and given me more chances to play again.
“I was fit and training well. I never argued with Pochettino but I wanted to speak to him. I went to his office but he was busy. I saw his assistant Jesus [Perez].
“He told me to be patient, that my chance would come blah, blah, blah. I didn’t go to see them again. That’s why I left the club. I’m a football player and I wanted to play football. “I love Spurs, but I love playing football more.”
Wanyama joined Spurs in 2016 and made 97 appearances for the club in all competitions, scoring seven goals.