According to Sky Sports Mauricio Pochettino has welcomed Danny Rose’s apparent “emotional” reaction to being left out of Tottenham’s squad for the north London derby defeat to Arsenal.
Danny was of course recalled to the starting line-up for the 2-1 win at Borussia Dortmund as We topped their Champions League group, but he did admit he was “fuming” at being overlooked at the Emirates Stadium last weekend.
Mauricio had revealed Rose had not expressed any anger directly towards him, however he believes the defender’s reaction shows his desire to play for the club.
“It’s not easy when you take decisions about the starting 11, the players not involved in the squad, not playing regularly, they are not happy, but that is normal,” said Pochettino, ahead of our match against managerless West Brom on Saturday.
“I’m happy, his performance is good. Nothing to complain about his behaviour.
“He never showed that feeling to me. That is why I was surprised. The day before we had a conversation and he never showed me that he was angry. Of course disappointed, but I understand that after he was angry.
Pochettino added “I like when the player feels that emotion because it means they’re interested in helping the team and they want to play. In front of me he was never upset or angry, he never showed that behaviour, he was normal”.
There seems to be something of a Love/Hate relationship brewing with Poch and Danny. You get the sense Rose’s apology was more smoke and mirrors than anything else. Time will tell
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