Mauricio Pochettino said he has forgiven Danny Rose’s comments criticising Tottenham Hotspur for the lack of transfer activity and cast doubt on the player’s future, and has insisted that he wants the left-back to stay.
The ombudsman gave an interview in which he said that the Spurs need to move away from acquisitions, “Google”, but the Friday Pochettino names of several players that would not have come to be first class performers if the opportunity to ascend from relative obscurity, had not occurred.
“By signing players such as Eric Dier, who no one knew, or Dele Alli, who was in League One. I do not think that is a matter to be a joke, because with some of the international players of today, maybe one or two years, none of us knew very well.
“If you remember five years ago, people asked:’ Who is Pochettino?’. You could have used Google or Chrome or Yahoo. Then they all looked immediately to the penalty [conceded against England for Argentina in 1998]. That killed me.”
The second statement was a rare injection of levity during a briefing that, in a remarkable departure from his usual behavior, Pochettino conducted almost entirely in Spanish with interpretation of his assistant, Jesus PÃ©rez.
That has rarely been necessary over the last couple of seasons as his command of English has improved; Pochettino explained it by saying that he was tired, but her defensive tone heightened the sense feared to add to the uncomfortable situation of Rose’s comments may have exposed.
“It is necessary to understand that he gave his opinion,” he said, when asked if it was a problem that the Tottenham players are generally not paid as much as their peers in the other six clubs. “And, then, to the knowledge of the necessity of asking all the players if they are happy or not happy. I don’t understand why I have to answer this question. The player has shown remorse and apologised for what he said about it all.”
Rose of the public spectacle of contrition on the afternoon of Friday brought the forgiveness of Pochettino, the manager confirm the Pink is still in their plans and saying, “The moment in which he apologized for all the world’s moved on”. He did not comment on the proposal of Rosa may have simply been saying what others in the team were thinking.
“You can judge the situation,” he said. “Because if he apologized for what he said, we don’t know if it is [still] thinking the same thing or not. He, not the team.”
Pochettino went on to reject any notion of discontent and said: “I think the team is very united. You have access to the other players, so that you can ask for.”
Between Rose’s comment was that, when his next contract is agreed, “I will make sure I can get what I’m worth”. In fact, the international of England signed a new five-year period at Tottenham last September; Pochettino explained that it has no role in the decision of the players, the salaries of a situation in contrast with the more participatory approach of his counterpart at Arsenal, ArsÃ¨ne Wenger.
“I leave that to the president, I’m not involved in the negotiation,” he said. “Wenger has the ability to decide to give the contracts and do what he wants to do as he has been there 22 or 23 [sic] years.”
Pochettino expects to increase its equipment before the end of the transfer window and has not ruled out making additions on the final day. That would seem to put more pressure on any of the arrivals to settle quickly, but he feels that there has not been a problem in previous seasons.
“I’m not worried,” he said. “I don’t want to compare us with other clubs who have made signings earlier than us in the two previous seasons, and [then] we finished above them.”
On the surface it has not been the smoothest of weeks to prepare for a Premier League opener at Newcastle, but Pochettino, who has seen his team record an encouraging 2-0 friendly win against Juventus at Wembley last Saturday, believes his team is the approach remains firm.
“I’m relaxed, because when you see the team and the players who are so focused,” he said. “We focused from the start of the pre-season to challenge and try to prepare ourselves to compete in a very difficult league, I think the most difficult in the world.
“When you see a team so relaxed, so calm and so focused to prepare for the match on Sunday, then that is the most important thing for me to feel. If you feel that, how can I be nervous?”
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