Danny Rose claims Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has told him to play like Real Madrid star

Tottenham's Danny Rose in action with Southampton's Shane Long

The defender enjoyed a fantastic season for the Premier League side.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino (R) talks to Danny Rose during training

Danny Rose has claimed that Mauricio Pochettino is the first boss he has worked under who has spent a significant amount of time trying to help the Tottenham defender get better, before disclosing which Real Madrid player he wants the 25-year-old to emulate, the Daily Mirror reports.

The former Leeds trainee has arguably enjoyed the best season of his career this past term, helping Spurs spend much of the campaign in the title race in the Premier League.

And having worked his way into England's starting line-up for their opening game of the European Championships, Rose hailed the influence that Pochettino has had on his career, and disclosed why he was asked to mirror one of Los Blancos' key men.

"It wasn't until the current manager came that I had anyone who's taken time out to work on me as a left-back and try to help me improve," he told the Mirror.

"The boss always says that he wants me to play with the same arrogance as Marcelo at Real Madrid.

"Every time Marcelo goes out onto the pitch he looks like he thinks he's the best in the world, and Pochettino wants me to have the same arrogance when I play for Spurs."

Real Madrid's Marcelo in action with Manchester City's Bacary Sagna

With the Brazilian arguably being one of the best and most consistent left-backs in recent years, it is hardly surprising that Pochettino has asked Rose to take some of the same attributes that Marcelo possesses. 

Both players like to run with the ball, and if Rose becomes capable of adding the kind of end product that the 28-year-old often displays when passing or putting a cross in, then it will surely help Spurs make an even stronger title push in future.

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