Danny Rose has admitted that he never set his sights as high as winning the Champions League as a Tottenham player. The defender was memorably outspoken in his desire for Spurs to sign big-name players to take them to the next level, but in his mind that was lifting a domestic cup.
But Mauricio Pochettino, who has transformed the club into one of the forces of English football in his five years in charge, has always said winning the Premier League or Champions League should be the aim for Spurs. People questioned Pochettino’s indifference towards the FA Cup and Carabao Cup, but he has been proved right as Spurs are 90 minutes away from the biggest prize in club football as they take on Liverpool in Saturday’s Champions League final in Madrid.
Rose openly says the prospect of winning the Champions League never entered his mind. “Since I’ve been at the club, being in a Champions League final has never ever entered my thought process,” he said. “I wanted so much to win the Carabao Cup, the FA Cup and the Premier League.
“We’ve got to one final in the Carabao and two (FA Cup) semis, we’ve huffed and puffed in the league and ultimately never come close. “To think that we’re 90 minutes away from maybe lifting the Champions League, I never thought that could happen at Tottenham, it shows you anything can happen in football. “Now I understand what he (Pochettino) means, it wasn’t that I didn’t believe him, I just didn’t understand.
“Now I definitely understand, it shows that’s why he’s the manager and I’m the player.” Rose and his team-mates have already gone further in Europe’s premier cup competition than any other Tottenham side and are 90 minutes away from writing their names into club folklore.
“I’ve been here a long time. To think that we could become legends after 90 minutes is amazing, that’s got to be our motivation as well,” he added. “No one expected us to be here at start of competition, no one expected us to be here after the quarters or the semis. “We want to win for ourselves, the manager, the club, especially the fans. I don’t think we can think too much about, ‘if we win this, we’re going to be legends’.
“It’s the biggest competition in club football, we want to win. We want to show the world that the project the manager started five years ago is coming, it’s on its way. “We’ve got the stadium now, the training ground, we hope this is the first of many steps as long as the manager is here.”Copyright © 2020 Completesports.com All rights reserved. The information contained in Completesports.com may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without the prior written authority of Completesports.com.