Danny Rose delighted to see Tottenham prove critics wrong in Champions League


Danny Rose delighted to see Tottenham prove critics wrong in Champions League

The fullback played 70 minutes at Wembley before being substituted

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Danny Rose revealed his delight at proving people wrong after helping Tottenham finish as Group H winners in the Champions League.

Spurs were ranked outsiders to progress having been drawn with holders Real Madrid and German giants Borussia Dortmund, but they claimed five victories on their way to securing 16 points – the highest total in this season’s competition.

Arsenal and Manchester United were the last two English teams to reach a 16-point tally in the competition at the group stage and went on to reach the final in 2006 and 2007 respectively.

But Rose, while marvelling at the statistic, preferred to take stock of what his current Tottenham side achieved, having played his part in a group stage exit in last season’s edition.

“It’s a great stat but it’s nice that we proved a lot of people wrong,” Rose told talkSPORT.

“We’ve set the standard so there are no excuses now. We’ve beaten Real [Madrid] and Borussia Dortmund twice and we’ll welcome any team we draw against in the next round.

“And we’ll be fully confident to go on and beat anyone and I’d like to think now we’re a team to fear.”

The fullback played 70 minutes at Wembley before being substituted by boss Mauricio Pochettino and leaving the field to boos after heading straight down the tunnel instead of joining his teammates on the bench.

Rose has been consistently linked with a move to Manchester United since criticising Spurs’ transfer policy and declaring his intentions to move back to the north of England.

But should Rose opt to stay in north London, Bayern Munich and Juventus are two teams he could face in the last-16 of the competition.

“I wouldn’t mind something a little bit easier [than drawing Bayern Munich or Juventus],” Rose added.

“But now, whoever you draw, it’s going to be a very difficult game and if you’re going to get to the final, you’re going to have to beat two top teams along the way.

“We’re fully confident whoever we get drawn against and we’ll be looking forward to the draw when it’s made.”



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