Danny Rose once again denied that there are problems between him and Mauricio Pochettino – it’s not the first time when they have appeared speculations like that but Rose insisted that they are not true.
Rose was replaced with 20 minutes to go in the last match of his side against APOEL in the Champions League group stage and he went straight to the locker room from the field after exchanging a few words with Pochettino. The Argentinian coach insisted that it was “impossible” for Rose to carry on and he had to replace him at the end of the game.
The England international spoke about the relationship between these two as he said, according to ESPN: “This is getting silly now. The manager said it was best I came off and I didn’t want to come off. That was it. I’ve seen already that people are saying we exchanged words. There is no issue between me and the manager.”
He added that there has never been an issue like that: “There has never been an issue. And people trying to put stuff in the media is not welcomed. For the last three-and-a-half to four years, the manager has been my biggest fan. He’s given me nothing but love and respect. There is no issue. There never will be an issue. People need to stop this because it’s not welcomed.”
In the end, Rose also spoke about his team’s potential opponents for the knockout stage: “We are confident we can beat anybody and we’ve proved that throughout the group stage. I wouldn’t like Bayern! But we don’t fear anybody. The manager would prefer us to have one of the top teams. He relishes those sorts of games. We’ve proved this season that we do turn up in these games in the group stage and we’ll be looking forward to the draw.”