Jose Mourinho reveals why Danny Rose was not in the squad against Watford

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur were without Danny Rose for the second match in a row today as they took on Watford away from home in the Premier League.

Japhet Tanganga was given the nod, put out of position at left-back, making it his third different position in three appearances for Spurs.

The academy graduate struggled to keep up with the pace of Sarr, especially after he picked up a booking in the first half.

In mid-week, Mourinho opted to start Ryan Sessegnon at left-back, who played well against Middlesbrough in the FA Cup.

Sessegnon was benched today against Watford, with Danny Rose nowhere to be found once again. Jose Mourinho has now revealed why.

The Spurs head coach revealed that Rose was left out against Middlesbrough as he wanted to progress Sessegnon, and against Watford due to a small back injury.

However, Jose was keen to assert that Rose is still in his plans at Tottenham (Football London): “Yeah, part of my plans. Last match at home, very offensive team, wanted also to develop young players and give another chance to Sessegnon to play 90 minutes.

“It’s the kind of game that Rose doesn’t need for his progression, he is already the player he is. And today he had a little injury in his back two days ago, and yesterday we made the decision to bring only fit players.

“We knew it was going to be physical, at the same time we knew that Sarr is a runner, and to control a runner not better than another runner. So decision was also to bring Sessegnon on the bench in case we needed another winger. So a bit of everything.”

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