Mauricio Pochettino gives his verdict on Tottenham Hotspur defender Danny Rose's comments

Danny Rose of Spurs in action during the UEFA Champions League group H match between Tottenham Hotspur and APOEL Nikosia at Wembley Stadium on December 6, 2017 in London, United Kingdom.

Tottenham Hotspur's Danny Rose has suggested that he no longer feels honoured to play at Wembley.

Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton FC at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on December 05, 2018 in London,...

Mauricio Pochettino has told Football London that he disagrees with Tottenham Hotspur defender Danny Rose’s comments about Wembley.

Rose stated earlier this week that he no longer felt honoured to play at Wembley with Tottenham.

The left-back claimed that it was no longer fun to play at the national stadium, after only 33,000 Spurs fans turned up in midweek for their side’s match against Southampton.

 

But Pochettino has offered a differing view to the left-back, as he still takes pleasure in managing his side at such a prestigious ground.

He said: “I’m not going to create a debate with him or other players, everyone is entitled to give their opinion. If you ask me, I am so, so happy to play at Wembley.

“For me it’s about enjoying every day, going down the North Circular I think it is, when I look at the arch I say ‘thank you’ because every game I play at Wembley is a gift.

“We take it like a gift, Jesus [Perez - his assistant] the same because we go together to Wembley. ‘One game more, how lucky we are’, we say.

Danny Rose of England takes a throw-in during the International Friendly match between England and Italy at Wembley Stadium on March 27, 2018 in London, England.

“For me, it’s the best place in the world to play football. Of course after we’ll share that with our new stadium. They’re going to be the two best places to play, our new stadium White Hart Lane and Wembley. Personally for me it’s a gift to have the possibility to play at Wembley.

“Of course the disappointment of our fans and players I understand but for me I take it as very positive to play there.”

Tottenham are said to be hoping to complete their new ground early in 2019, to finally move away from Wembley.

Spurs had hoped to be in their new stadium by the start of the season, but the delay has caused frustration.

Even with the ground situation far from ideal, Tottenham have still performed well this season, with Pochettino’s side currently sat in third place in the Premier League table.

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