Rose may be fuming, but I am the boss, says Pochettino


Although Rose was adamant there was no row with Pochettino, his frustration continued a trend of publicly airing his grievances.

"It's not easy when you take decisions about the starting 11, the players not involved in the squad, not playing regularly, they are not happy, but that is normal", said Pochettino, whose side face managerless West Brom on Saturday. "I think the whole team was very good, fantastic performance".

Most managers would be unhappy with one of their players expressing their fury to the media, especially after such a crucial loss, but the Tottenham boss actually claimed he was happy with Rose's behaviour.

We had a conversation with all 25 players before and when I get the perception and feeling I make a decision. Disappointed? Of course. Angry?

'Of course because they want to play, Michel Vorm the same. That is why I was surprised.

"It was brilliant. I love the way they managed the game".

Chelsea's Davide Zappacosta fights for the ball with West Bromwich Albion's Gareth Mc Auley during their English Premier League match at The Hawthorns stadium in West Bromwich
Rose may be fuming, but I am the boss, says Pochettino

Tottenham had a hard start to the season at their temporary home, failing to win any of their first three league fixtures at the venue, but since then they have been winners in five of their last six home matches in all competitions - a sequence of results that includes a hugely impressive 3-1 victory over reigning European champions Real Madrid.

You can ask me about him or Nkoudou, who wasn't involved, or Paulo Gazzaniga or Kieran Trippier or Ben Davies.

'My reaction was I was fuming, I was angry.

Rose, who recently recovered from a long-term knee injury, returned for the win in Dortmund and will be in contention for Saturday's home clash against West Bromwich Albion when fourth-placed Tottenham will hope to recover some lost ground. You can not guess what is going to happen in the future, with myself the same'.

Rose said: "There was no argument, no bust-up".

Pochettino accepted the player's apology shortly after, but the Tottenham boss would not confirm whether the defender would still be at the club next season following his comments this week. "Everyone just needs to understand that me and the manager want the same thing for this season - we want to win something".

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