Danny Rose hits back about mentality issues at Spurs


Danny Rose has moved quickly to try and silence critics who claim that Tottenham Hotspur are mentally fragile.

Rose was part of the Spurs side which lost on penalties to Chelsea on Thursday night and ended their hopes of reaching the Carabao Cup final.

Spurs have now lost five of their last six semi-finals going back to 2010 and next month will mark their eleven year anniversary of their last taste of silverware.


The defeat to Chelsea was the third successive season in which Mauricio Pochettino’s side have lost in a semi-final.

Rose came off the bench after 30 minutes after Ben Davies suffered a groin strain which will keep him out of Sunday’s FA Cup tie at Crystal Palace.

Tottenham’s attacking threat from the left flank considerably improved with Rose’s introduction and he provided a beautiful cross for Fernando Llorente to head home at Stamford Bridge to level on aggregate.

However, Rose has insisted there are no mentality issues and it was simply a case of bad luck in the lottery which is a penalty shoot out.

He told the Evening Standard: “It’s not about our mentality, we’ve just missed two penalties,” 

“That criticism is unfair and we’re not going to entertain any talk like that. Obviously we know we haven’t won a trophy for a while, but we’re not driving into training thinking about it. 

“We’re not training thinking about it and when we lost last night it’s not the first thing we thought of. 

“We’re fully aware that we want to win something, but just because it’s not happened it doesn’t mean it’s not going to happen soon.

“Everyone’s proud of how we played. Even though we went 2-0 down, we didn’t change our approach. 

“We kept trying to play. Obviously you need a bit of luck on penalties. It was just one of those things. It’s gone now and we’ll try to win on Sunday [in the FA Cup fourth round at Crystal Palace].”

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  1. Rose is right. This wasn’t a case of weak team mentality in our defeat, the like of which we endured against Juve in the CL, and United in the FA Cup S/F last season. But certainly some player weren’t mentally up to the task.
    We were battered by injuries, of course, with no one of consequence to come off the bench, and although I thought we should have started with Moura, when he did come on he was as hopeless as Llorente was in that first half, and you just knew he’d miss his penalty. Somehow Dier’s body language told me that he’d miss too. But aside from all that, this wasn’t about mental fatigue through the side. It was disappointing that we looked to play safe, with only Chelsea attacking, in that final 10 minutes ..because we needed to be brave enough to win in normal time. It’s just crazy to play for ‘penalties’ and we would not have done so with a decent team out there.

  2. and typically, we don’t do well in penalty shootouts over the years. I heard one Rose quote (forget where) that said “we don’t practice penalties”. If true….then they should start.


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