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Tottenham's Danny Rose: Mauricio Pochettino bust-up talk 'getting silly'

Tottenham's Danny Rose: Mauricio Pochettino bust-up talk 'getting silly'
From ESPN - December 7, 2017

LONDON -- Danny Rose dismissed fresh suggestions of a row with Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino during Wednesday's Champions League win over Apoel Nicosia, and insisted there has never been a problem between them.

Rose exchanged words with Pochettino and headed straight down the tunnel after being replaced with 20 minutes remaining of Spurs' 3-0 win at Wembley.

The left-back had been left bloodied and booked after an altercation with Apoel's Roland Sallai but he soon re-emerged with stitches above his left eye and took his place on the bench, with Pochettino saying afterwards it was "impossible" for him to play on.

Rumours of a rift between Rose and Pochettino have been rife since the 27-year-old gave an interview to a national newspaper on the eve of the season, criticising Tottenham's wage structure and transfer policy, and inviting offers from other clubs.

Rose denied he had fallen out with Pochettino after being left out of the squad for the 2-0 defeat at Arsenal last month and he reiterated that they have never clashed.

"This is getting silly now," Rose said at Wembley. "The manager said it was best I came off and I did not want to come off. That was it. I have seen already that people are saying we exchanged words. There is no issue between me and the manager.

"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."

Spurs were already guaranteed top spot the group and a place in the round-of-16 before Wednesday's win, but they could still face European heavyweights Juventus and Bayern Munich, as well as Basel, Sevilla, Shakhtar Donetsk or Porto, in the knockouts.

Rose says Spurs -- who finished the group stage with more points than any other club and the most for an English side since Manchester United in 2007 -- should fear no one after doing the double over Apoel and Borussia Dortmund and beating Real Madrid at Wembley.

"We are confident we can beat anybody and we have proved that throughout the group stage," he said. "I would not like Bayern! But we do not fear anybody. The manager would prefer us to have one of the top teams. He relishes those sorts of games. We have proved this season that we do turn up in these games in the group stage and we will be looking forward to the draw.

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