Danny Rose has made plenty of newspaper headlines in the past for running his mouth off about certain subjects, but sometimes — just sometimes — that same tendency to say whatever the hell he wants can lead to some epic lolz.
Take these quotes in the Evening Standard, reported by Dan Kilpatrick yesterday and that I clearly missed in the wake of Tottenham Hotspur’s 2-0 win over Arsenal in the League Cup. Danny told Kilpatrick that the photos of Arsenal fans celebrating in the locker room that appeared on social media after the first North London Derby of the season were extra motivation for him and the club, and that Spurs’ win on Wednesday was “karma.”
“We were fully relishing the opportunity. Our only motivation was remembering the nonsense that Arsenal posted after the game a few weeks ago. That was our motivation. Players that have only played 10 games for Arsenal were getting ahead of themselves. We used that in a positive way. It’s karma. They fully deserve what they got.
“We had the motivation of getting to the semi-final, so we’re over the moon. But the cherry on top was silencing them after remembering how they celebrated like they had won the league. We’ve put that result right. We’ll see where they are come the end of the season and we’ll see where we are.”
Kilpatrick has said in the past that Rose is one of his favorite interviews at Tottenham because the fullback is a typical outspoken Yorkshireman, and is very likely to speak his mind about whatever subject he wants. In other words, he doesn’t give a crap about how this will play in the media, he says what he thinks.
That’s gotten him in trouble in the past, especially his interview in the Sun in August of 2017, which ruffled a LOT of feathers at the club, and more recently his “guessing” that Mauricio Pochettino wouldn’t have any money to spend in this January’s transfer window.
But this? This I like. Danny’s not an academy grad but he’s one of the longest tenured first team players in the squad right now. He knows the rivalry between Arsenal and Tottenham, and it’s clear that he loves taking the piss out of them every bit as much as they love to do to Spurs.
Rose has had a pretty solid run of form in the past few matches, which has been great considering his left back competition, Ben Davies, has been forced into center back due to injuries. He even captained the side during the NLD win on Tuesday. In the above interview, Danny went on to say that his return to and resurgence within Spurs’ squad has come after a heart-to-heart with Pochettino, and Rose’s willingness to settle down and focus on improving his football.
“After the World Cup, I called the manager and we spoke. We spoke for an hour before the first game at Newcastle and we spoke for an hour after that. The one main thing that stuck out from what he said to me was: ‘Danny — stop wasting time’. So yeah, I’m not wasting any more time. I’ve got my head down again and I’m doing okay at the minute. I’m trying to get back to where I was a couple of years ago.
“He meant, ‘Be fully focused’. On the pitch. And if you’re not fully focused then you’re free to leave the club. So I told him that I am fully focused. And I’m going to be here to fight and help the club progress. And I hope that I am showing that in my performances and in training as well.”
Hilariously, Pochettino was asked about Danny’s comments in Thursday’s pre-Everton press conference — as Poch usually is whenever Rose opens his mouth — and Pochettino confirmed the story in the funniest way possible.
“He said that?” Pochettino said. “He was right. I agree.”