Pochettino says this defender has the ‘technical quality to play like a midfielder’


Tottenham Hotspur managed to end their run of Premier League losses today with their first draw in 29 games.

Spurs took on Arsenal in the North London Derby at Wembley, but were unable to take away the three points they so desperately needed.

It was a strange game, with two goals, two penalties, a red card, three potential extra reds, and a host of other chances.

Aaron Ramsey opened the scoring after 16 minutes, a chance that had stemmed from a Davinson Sanchez mistake in defence.

Tottenham then struggled to get a foothold back in the game, and it took them until well into the second half to grab their equaliser.

Harry Kane was pushed in the box, a penalty was awarded, and the man himself converted.

A penalty was later awarded to the Gunners too, with Lloris saving Aubameyang’s effort. Torreira was then shown a red card, although Rose, Sanchez, and Xhaka may have been lucky not to join him throughout the game.

By the end of the match Danny Rose was seen playing in central midfield, and with some success.

Pochettino later talked up his ability in this position (Football London): “The circumstance, they have to find different solution to play and we wanted to play with back four, with Jan going forward but we need someone in midfield to help Moussa Sissoko and Danny was the only player out there, I think he was younger he played there for Leeds, and after nearly five years we know him very well.

“He has the technical quality to play like a midfielder, for different circumstance after Wanyama was out to have more consistency in the middle and when he started to play there it was good. He lost some balls because he was in a hurry to play and repeat in that area, it is different when you play on the side. Technically he is so good.”

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