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Tottenham fans had to Google me, says Pochettino as he responds to Rose

Date Posted,August 11, 2017

Mauricio Pochettino has claimed Spurs fans would have had to Google him when he arrived in English football.

The Argentine was responding to a call from Danny Rose for signings that Spurs fans would not have to search up on the internet.

Rose has since apologised to ensure an uneasy peace in the white half of north London. But Pochettino moved to reassure fans concerned that his England left-back has a point.

Tellingly, the Spurs boss made his point in Spanish, anxious to tread carefully with the club desperate to keep a lid on the issue.

Rose with boss Mauricio Pochettino last season (Image: Tottenham Hotspur FC)

He said: “When you sign players like Eric Dier, who are internationals today, nobody knew… or Dele Alli who was in League One or Kante.

“I don’t think it’s a matter to joke about because with some of the international players today, maybe one or two years ago, none of us knew them very well.

“Also, when I first arrived here, people wanted to know who Mauricio Pochettino too. If you remember five years ago, people said ‘who is Pochettino?’ I’m sure they used Chrome or Google or Yahoo to find out.”

Pochettino, an accomplished Argentina defender, managed at Espanyol before three years before replacing Nigel Adkins at Southampton four years ago. Spurs chairman Daniel Levy took him to White Hart Lane in 2014.

Pochettino maintained the row would not rip the dressing room apart – despite the fact that Kyle Walker has gone, Eric Dier is unhappy and Toby Alderweireld has yet to sign a new deal.

Eric Dier has been at the centre of speculation this summer (Image: AFP)
Toby Alderweireld is yet to sign a new deal (Image: Getty)

Should the side fail to adapt to playing their home games at Wembley and finish outside the top four, the likes of Dele Alli could be vulnerable in a year’s time.

Pochettino added: “I think the team are very united. You [the press] have access to the other players so you can ask them.”

Spurs are still the only club yet to make a signing this summer with all of their title rivals spending big. But Pochettino pointed to the fact that the club have finished above Manchester City in each of the last two seasons and above United in three of the last four.

He went on: “I’m not worried. I don’t want to compare us with other clubs who have made signings before us in the previous two seasons and we have finished above them.”

In a statement released by his management company, an hour before Pochettino’s press conference yesterday, Rose said: “My words were not meant to offend.

“For that I would like to apologise to the chairman, manager, my team-mates and the fans.”

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