‘I connected with him and he felt my love’ – Poch gives amazing insight into Danny Rose


Tottenham Hotspur have seen a magnificent rise in both League position and style of play under Mauricio Pochettino.

He has turned Tottenham into a consistent Champions League football side, as well as making them one of the most attractive to watch in the Premier League.

Spurs have finished in the top three for the last three seasons under Poch, and they will be looking to go further this year by winning some silverware.

There have been a number of meteoric rises under the Argentine manager at Spurs, including the likes of Harry Kane, Mousa Dembele, and Harry Winks, who have all added so much to their game since his arrival.

One other player who Pochettino seemed to take under his wing and bring in from the cold upon arriving in London was Danny Rose.

After tough periods on and off the pitch for the left back, he is now back to his best down that left-hand flank, and Poch has given an interesting insight into the player this week.

Poch said (Telegraph): “There is no doubt about Danny Rose’s quality, there is no doubt. He is a great player. But, like with all the players of great quality, you need to be focused in your job.

“If you are focused, and you train and care about yourself – and don’t think too much. Danny is a thinker.

“I always say to him ‘Danny you are thinking too much. You need to stop, and work. You need to deliver the job that we want, don’t think’.

“He arrives here (at the training ground) and asks ‘what are we going to do? One lap, two laps? Training session or tactical session? And then I need to go to the gym? Have a shower or not have a shower. Eat or not eat?’

“Stop and relax! He needs to stop thinking. Sometimes he tries to think for us too. He spends too much energy thinking about everything. He needs to arrive here and stop thinking. ‘We are going to manage you, do this, do that, go to the shower and then have lunch. Then when you go to your car you can start to think again’.

“But for the four or five or six hours he spends here, he needs to let us manage him. If not he wants to manage himself, us and everyone. He spends too much energy and he doesn’t have the energy to do what he is supposed to do. That is a very dangerous situation.

“He is a lucky man. When I arrived, I don’t know why, I connected with him and he felt my love. He was out (of the team) when I arrived and was on his way out of Tottenham. That is why now he has to pay it back.”

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