Danny Rose was left “fuming” by his north London derby snub according to talkSPORT but insists he understood the decision and has not fallen out with Mauricio Pochettino.
The full back was not even named on the bench for Saturday’s defeat to Arsenal as Mauricio felt he would be better off doing a fitness session at the club’s training ground. However that move prompted renewed speculation surrounding Danny, with the article reminding us that he had to apologise in August after suggesting he would be open to leaving Spurs.
However, Rose spoke after we beat Borussia Dortmund 2-1 in the Champions League on Tuesday, and he sought to clarify his reaction to missing out against the Gunners.
“My reaction was I was fuming, I was angry, but understanding at the same time,” Rose said.
“There’s been no bust-up, there’s been no argument, there’s been no falling out. The manager just explained that he thought it’d be better for me to do a hard session on Saturday, which I did.
He added: “I did that. I understand that there’s been a lot of reports but it’s not welcomed, and it’s not true, and whether I’d been at the Emirates or not, I think everybody’s losing sight that I couldn’t have stopped the referee or linesman from making bad decisions that led to us conceding.
Rose continued: “Me and the manager have not fallen out, not had an argument. I was angry about not being involved in the squad, but at the same time, I understand and I respect his views.”
The article adds how Rose played 90 minutes for the first time since January against Dortmund after spending nine months out with a knee injury.
On his fitness levels the defender added: “Whatever fitness I have, I still feel that I’m one of the best in the league, I don’t care how fit I am, I believe in my ability,” Rose said.
“At Tottenham, you have to have an exceptional level of fitness. I’m not there yet because I’ve been out for a long time. I’m still catching up. As I said, I respect the manager and his coaching staff’s views.
He added “I wasn’t happy but it’s gone now, we all have to move on. When I get the opportunity to play, like I did tonight, I have to try and do as well as I can.”
Rose insists he remains committed to Tottenham this season.
“Nothing’s changed,” Rose said. “Everyone just needs to understand that me and the manager want the same thing for this season – we want to win something. So I’m on the same page.”
Rose is looking sharper since his comeback adds the article and after a shaky start against Dortmund, he became a key attacking threat.Goals from Son Heung-min and Harry Kane overturned Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s opener at the Westfalenstadion as Tottenham secured first place in Group H.
The article also says Rose was asked how close he is to 100 per cent, to which he said: “I don’t know. Before today I thought I was close and then first half I was horrendous, I thought I was getting hooked at half-time, and it gave me a bit of a reality check – maybe I’m not as close as I thought I was.
“In the second half I thought I did better, I contributed quite a lot in the second half. I just hope I can get many more minutes.”
Rose added: “You can only get fit by playing games. There’s only so many training sessions you can do.
“I don’t think I’m far off but I hope I can play as many more games to help me get there as quickly as possible.”
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