Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has welcomed Danny Rose’s reaction to being left out of the Spurs squad for the north London derby defeat to Arsenal.
The left-back admitted that he was “fuming” after being left out of the squad that were beaten 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.
Spurs boss Pochettino says that the 27-year-old’s reaction shows his passion and desire to play for the club.
“I like when the player feels that emotion because it means they’re interested in helping the team and they want to play,” said Pochettino, as quoted by Sky Sports.
“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.”
The Spurs manager said that Rose had not expressed any anger towards him directly.
There has been plenty of speculation surrounding the Tottenham boss’ relationship with the player in recent months.
Rose apologised after criticising the club’s transfer policy and making comments about him potentially leaving the club over the summer, Pochettino accepted the player’s apology.
The Tottenham manager was speaking to the media ahead of the Premier League showdown with mangerless West Brom at Wembley on Saturday.
Rose played the full 90 minutes as Tottenham came from behind to beat Borussia Dortmund 2-1 in the Champions League on Tuesday and cemented their place in the last-16 as Group H winners.
He will be hoping to return to Premier League action this weekend, with Spurs looking to put pressure on the league’s top three teams.