Mauricio Pochettino explained to football.london exactly why he moved left-back Danny Rose into midfield in the second half of Tottenham’s 1-1 draw against Arsenal.
The 28-year-old full-back has experience playing in midfield in his youth at Spurs and before that at Leeds in the academy, and the Tottenham manager tapped into that with his side trailing 1-0 after Aaron Ramsey’s first half goal.
Spurs switched into a back four with Jan Vertonghen on the left and Rose moved infield. The home side were level just minutes later after Harry Kane scored from the penalty spot after being bundled over in the Arsenal box.
football.london reminded Pochettino that he had also used Rose in the second half at the Bernabeu last season in the same role as Spurs battled to an impressive 1-1 draw against Real Madrid in the Champions League.
“Good memory! The circumstances, they have to find different solutions to play and we wanted to play with back four, with Jan going forward but we need someone in midfield to help Moussa Sissoko and Danny was the only player out there,” said the Argentine.
“I think when he was younger he played there for Leeds, and after nearly five years we know him very well.”
Rose was earlier yellow carded for a lunge for the ball which caught Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno and then involved late on after Lucas Torreira was sent off for a poor tackle on him.
Pochettino explained what Rose brought to the midfield role, but also what he didn’t do quite right.
“He has the technical quality to play like a midfielder, for different circumstance after Victor Wanyama was out to have more consistency in the middle and when he started to play there it was good,” he said.
“He lost some balls because he was in a hurry to play and repeat in that area, it is different when you play on the side. Technically he is so good.”