Pochettino tells Rose: I’m the boss

Mauricio Pochettino

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has responded to reports that Danny Rose was left fuming by his omission from the team that played Arsenal.

The left-back started for Spurs in their midweek Champions League win over Borussia Dortmund, and despite Rose saying that “there was no falling out” he did admit that he was “fuming” from the bench in their 2-0 win over the Gunners.

“I’m happy, his performance is good,” Pochettino said. “Nothing to complain about his behaviour.

“It’s not easy when you take decisions about the starting 11, the players not involved in the squad, not playing regularly, they are not happy, but that is normal.

“He never showed that feeling to me. That is why I was surprised. The day before we had a conversation and he never showed me that he was angry. Of course disappointed, but I understand that after he was angry.

“I like when the player feels that emotion because it means they’re interested in helping the team and they want to play. In front of me he was never upset or angry, he never showed that behaviour, he was normal.

“You can ask me about all the players involved. Of course they are ‘fuming’. But I am the boss, that is the problem for the players.”

Rose faces an uncertain future at Spurs after a media gaffe strained his relationship with the club, but Pochettino insisted that “this is not the moment to talk about that”.

“All players have contracts with us, involved in our project,” Pochettino said. “You cannot guess what is going to happen in the future.”