Tottenham manager abandoned usual calm half-time approach to lift his players with passionate call to arms during the north London derby at Wembley
Mauricio Pochettino did not hang around. The first half of Saturday’s north London derby had 20 seconds or so to go, but with Tottenham losing and not playing particularly well their manager decided the time had come to head back to the dressing room and devise a plan to get his team back into the game. What he came up with not only worked but, according to Danny Rose, was completely and utterly out of the ordinary.
“The manager said some things at half-time and that was the turning point because he’s usually really calm and collected. He normally talks to us at half-time but this time it was like he was sending us to war,” said the full-back. “It really got me firing. It made me want to fight for him, fight for my teammates and fight for my club. It’s literally one of the best team talks I’ve been involved in.”