Mauricio Pochettino 'doesn't care' if Danny Rose was angry
Mauricio Pochettino insists he doesn’t care if Danny Rose is angry at being left out of Tottenham’s squad — and is considering dropping the left-back again when they face West Brom.
Mauricio Pochettino insists he doesn’t care if Danny Rose is angry at being left out of Tottenham’s squad — and is considering dropping the left-back again when they face West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.
Rose’s discontent at Tottenham has been rumbling along since preseason when the England defender demanded that the club buy more world class players to compete with Europe’s elite and revealed that he would consider leaving if an offer from a bigger club came in.
This week the 27-year-old then revealed he was ‘angry’ and ‘fuming’ after being left out of Pochettino’s squad for the North London Derby defeat to Arsenal last Sunday.
Mauricio Pochettino said he wasn't concerned if Danny Rose was angry over being dropped
But Pochettino responded on Thursday saying: ‘I don't care! Because it is my decision. If he is angry it means he wanted to play but I need to take the best decision for the team.
'It surprised me to create a problem like this when there wasn't one. But for me I am happy that he was angry. ‘All players are upset when they are not involved. They are not happy.
'If you saw their faces of the 19 or 20 players on match-day and I say “OK, that is the starting 11, the ones on the bench and the two who are out of the squad”, if you had a camera on their faces it would scare you.’
Rose started Tottenham's 2-1 Champions League win over Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday
Rose returned to the squad and starting line-up for the Champions League victory away to Borussia Dortmund in midweek but as he continues to come back from a knee ligament injury that kept him out for eight months his manager is considering dropping him for West Brom’s visit to Wembley.
‘Yes, maybe,’ Pochettino said of the prospect. ‘We need to assess him. He was tired after the game — he told you that in the last 10 minutes he was tired — but that's normal. It does not concern me.’
Pochettino insisted that Rose, who also pointed out that he had not fallen out with his manager despite the snub, had not been noticeably angry in front of him.
‘He never showed that feeling to me,’ the Spurs manager said. ‘That’s why it surprised me, because the day before we had a conversation and he never showed me that he was angry.
Pochettino said it was normal for players to be disappointed after being left out of the team
'Of course, disappointed — yes — because all the players always want to be involved in the game. I understand if after he was angry, like other players who do not play, and I like it when players feel that emotion because it looks like they’re interested in helping the team and want to play.’
Following Rose’s recent outburst Pochettino, 45, has reminded his players who is in charge. ‘I am the boss,’ he said. ‘That is the problem for the players.
'Ask me about [Rose] or Georges-Kevin N’Koudou, who wasn’t involved, or Paulo Gazzaniga or Kieran Trippier or Ben Davies. If you say they were upset? Of course. They were disappointed? Of course. They were angry, fuming? Of course because they want to play, Michel Vorm the same.’