Pochettino delight that Rose has blossomed
MAURICIO POCHETTINO says Danny Rose was the first player he called when he arrived at Tottenham and is delighted the full-back is now repaying his faith.
Rose scored the winner as Pochettino’s side came from behind to beat Swansea 2-1 at White Hart Lane, a victory that reduces the gap between Spurs and league leaders Leicester cITY back to two points.
For a long time it looked like Swansea would pull off a surprise win in north London as Alberto Paloschi gave the visitors a surprise early lead and then Lukasz Fabianski frustrated Tottenham with a number of excellent saves.
Substitute Nacer Chadli, however, equalised in the 70th minute and seven minutes later Rose drove a loose ball home to keep his team’s title charge on track.
The 25-year-old has enjoyed an impressive season under Pochettino but his Spurs future was far from certain when the Argentine arrived, after the new head coach made fellow left-back Ben Davies one of his first signings in the summer of 2014.
“We arrived 21 months ago and the first meeting I have with a Tottenham player was with him,” Pochettino said.
“They were on holiday and I called him to come to my office. I was happy and pleased to give him the opportunity to stay here and work with us.
“It is true we are very happy with how he is showing quality and helping the team.
“It was maybe difficult from the beginning when we arrived but I am very happy for him. The crowd were singing his name.
“When any manager arrives at a new club always the player needs to know the idea”