Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino has already improved me, says Danny Rose
Tottenham Hotspur defender Danny Rose believes Mauricio Pochettino has already improved him as a defender
Danny Rose believes new Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has already made the left-back a better player.
The 24-year-old, who received a call-up to the England squad on Thursday, has been working with the Argentine for the best part of two months after Pochettino succeeded Tim Sherwood.
Since we’ve been back I reckon I’ve got better defensively and tactically
The former Espanyol boss has earned a reputation for putting together steely defences, receiving praise for Southampton’s superb back four in the Premier League last season.
And Tottenham full-back Rose credited Pochettino with improving the Doncaster-born man both defensively and tactically since taking over at White Hart Lane.
“He’s made me better defensively and tactically and he encourages the full-backs to get forward as much as possible,” Rose said.
“Since we’ve been back I reckon I’ve got better defensively and tactically.”
Rose lifted the lid on the manner in which Spurs boss Pochettino revealed that the Tottenham youngster was on the brink of a call-up to Roy Hodgson’s squad.
“The manager [Pochettino] texted me at 9:10 yesterday morning and said ‘Can you come to my office?’, so I was thinking ‘Oh God, what have I done?’ So I went to his office and he sat me down and said ‘I’ve got something to tell you’.
“I said ‘What is it?’ He said ‘We’ve accepted a bid. We’re selling you’. I said ‘No you’re not’ He said ‘Yeah it’s true’. Then one of the other coaches walked in and said ‘Have you told him he’s got to go?’
“After that he told me he’d been at the MK Dons game [on Tuesday night] and heard I might have a chance of being selected, and then later on last night the England manager called me and verified it.”