Training ground incident holds big clue about Poch team line-up v Juventus
Mauricio Pochettino has inadvertently dropped a big hint about his starting line-up for the huge Champions League clash against Juventus on Wednesday night.
During a training session in front of the media on Tuesday, Pochettino took left-back Danny Rose aside from the players for a chat in full view of watching journalists.
When quizzed about it afterwards in his pre-match press conference, he admitted it was an “animated” conversation.
Pochettino’s answer was quoted by Football.London journalist Alasdair Gold on his Twitter page on Tuesday afternoon.
Poch on that Danny Rose conversation: "It was a private conversation. It was a coincidence that you saw me. It’s something I do with my players. It was animated, yes, because we are passionate. We are people who feel passion for football." https://t.co/csLPfQMGEm
— Alasdair Gold (@AlasdairGold) March 6, 2018
Two things stick out from Pochettino’s answer.
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First, that it was a coincidence that the waiting journalists saw it.
That means it was a spontaneous conversation and not one that Pochettino had planned. That’s unusual in itself for a man who is always in control.
The second is that he had to admit it was an “animated” conversation and said it was because the two are “passionate” about their football.
After the details of the conversation were outlined Tottenham fans took one of two sides – it was either Pochettino telling Rose he wouldn’t be starting on Wednesday, or that he would be starting.
Now, of course, there has to be a certain amount of speculation here, but a spontaneous conversation that gets animated, and leads to the boss taking a player aside, doesn’t seem to be one that Rose is taking very well.
If we were betting men, our money would be on the fact that Ben Davies will be starting against Juventus, as he did in that fantastic 2-2 draw in Turin.
Rose will just have to suck it up.
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