By Richard Parks
Danny Rose repeatedly punched the air when he entered the Juventus stadium before kick-off and was met by the catcalls and jeers of the home supporters, according to a report.
The Times claim that the left-back embodied the defiance and fight of the Tottenham team and the unity and belief instilled by manager Mauricio Pochettino.
Spurs came from two goals down after nine minutes at the Allianz Stadium in Turin in what was a frenzied atmosphere to secure a memorable 2-2 draw with one of the outstanding performances of the Pochettino era.
“Such was Tottenham’s utter fearlessness here that when Danny Rose strolled out before kick-off and heard the catcalls of the Juventus fans, he swivelled and punched the air defiantly and repeatedly,” correspondent Henry Winter wrote in the Times. “And Rose wasn’t even in the starting XI.”
Tottenham fans have been critical of Rose after he criticised the club’s transfer policy last summer in an apparent attempt to push for a move but will love this show of commitment to the cause.
Rose had been omitted from the Spurs starting XI and forced to settle for a place on the substitute’s bench for his side’s biggest match of the season.
Ben Davies was given the nod to start at left-back in Pochettino’s 4-2-3-1 formation as the England international once again paid the price for the injuries that have disrupted him in the past 12 months.
Davies made a horrible start as he gave away the first of Juve’s penalties when he upended Federico Bernardeschi in the penalty box and Gonzalo Higuain converted the kick to put his team two goals clear.
But the Wales international grew into the game and was increasingly authoritative as it progressed, without being at his best.
In other Tottenham news, Daniel Levy has jetted off on a transatlantic mission to seal a sensational £20million-a-year Spurs deal.