Danny Rose has revealed Mauricio Pochettino gave one of the best team talks the defender has ever heard during half-time of Tottenham’s 1-1 draw with Arsenal on Saturday.
Spurs went into the break 1-0 down after Aaron Ramsey had taken advantage of a Davinson Sanchez mistake to give Arsenal the lead.
The hosts looked low on confidence throughout the first half having lost their last two matches against Burnley and Chelsea.
Knowing they needed a result in the north London derby, Tottenham struggled to get over their nerves and the Gunners looked settled in the first half.
But Rose believes Pochettino’s half-time team talk gave the players the confidence to get back into the game.
“The manager said some things at half-time and that was the turning point because he is usually really calm and collected,” Rose said (via Sky Sports).
“He normally talks to us at half-time and this time it was like he was really sending us to war.
“That was one of the best things I have witnessed in football, his half-time team talk, and we kept going and that was the attitude he wanted to see in the second half.
“He normally talks, he’s really calm as you have all seen. But this time he was really passionate
“I felt as if I was literally going into war after the team talk that he gave. It’s literally one of the best team talks I have been involved in since I have been playing football.
“We are not used to losing two games in a row. Something needs to change somewhere. Whether we need a rocket up our backsides, I think he just tried a different approach. But I liked what he did at half-time, it really got me firing.
“As usual, it made me want to fight for him, fight for my team-mates and fight for my club. Some people can either take to that or go the other way and I love seeing things like that.”
Pochettino stormed down the tunnel moments before the half-time break – usually he waits until the whistle, so he was clearly agitated by the first half performance.
It’s good to know the Argentinian is able to change his philosophy when the chips are down, something that will only serve Spurs well in the future.
The Londoners will need to adopt a similar attitude when they travel to Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday night to get the job done in the Champions League.