Mauricio Pochettino reminds Tottenham players ‘I am the boss’ after Danny Rose voices frustration –

#8220;Yes, maybe. We need to assess him. He was tired after the game [against Borussia Dortmund] #8211; he told you that in the last 10 minutes he was tired #8211; but that#8217;s normal. It does not concern me.

Pochettino said Rose had never told him he was angry after the 2-0 Arsenal defeat, but said this case was just similar to when players like Kieran Trippier or Ben Davies have wanted to get back in the team when left on the bench.

“It surprised me because all players are upset when they are not involved,#8221; Pochettino said of the commotion around the latest Rose comments. #8220;They are not happy. If you saw their faces of the 19 or 20 players on matchday and I say #8216;OK, that is the starting 11#8217; the ones on the bench and the two who are out of the squad if you had a camera on their faces it would scare you.

#8220;It is like [Erik] Lamela, when he started to be involved with the team. Or maybe different because Lamela is taking more time to get fit. With Danny it is about feeling fresh and after his injury it is important that every time he is going to play he feels fresh to give his best.”

“You can ask me about him or [Georges-Kevin] Nkoudou, who wasn’t involved, or Paulo Gazzaniga or Kieran Trippier or Ben Davies. If you say they were 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.

In an interview after the 2-1 Champions League win at Borussia Dortmund, the full-back said he had been left “fuming” after being left out of the north London derby against Arsenal last weekend, amid a lot of speculation about his future, though he added that he understood the decision. Pochettino said there is no issue with Rose and he is “very pleased” with him, likening his situation to when other players are temporarily not in the starting XI, although would still not be drawn on whether the 27-year-old will be at Spurs next season.

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