Tottenham's Mauricio Pochettino warns his players: "I'm the boss"

Tottenham's Mauricio Pochettino warns his players: "I'm the boss"
From ESPN - November 23, 2017

LONDON -- Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino says he did not have a problem with Danny Rose's reaction to being dropped against Arsenal but warned his players: "I am the boss."

Rose said he was "fuming" to be left out of the squad for the north London derby defeat last weekend but he denied any sort of bust-up with Pochettino after returning to the team for Tuesday's 2-1 win at Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League.

Told of Rose's comment, a surprised Pochettino said the defender had not shown any anger in front of him.

"He never showed that feeling to me. It surprised me when you asked me, because the day before we had a conversation and he never showed me that he was angry," Pochettino told a news conference.

"Of course, [he was] disappointed, yes, because all the players always want to be involved in the game. I understand if after he was angry, like other players who do not play, and I like it when players feel that emotion because it looks like they are interested in helping the team and want to play."

"He confirmed the other day that he was never upset or angry in front of me and never showed this emotion. He was normal in his behaviour. You can ask me about him or GK Nkoudou, who was not involved, or Paulo Gazzaniga or Kieran Trippier or Ben Davies. Were they upset? Of course. They were disappointed? Of course. They were angry, fuming? Of course, because they want to play. Michel Vorm the same.

"But I am the boss! That is the problem for the players."

Rose's future at Tottenham has been in doubt since he gave an explosive newspaper interview on the eve of the season, criticising the club's wage structure and transfer policy, and welcoming offers from elsewhere.


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