Does Danny Rose's performance against Liverpool show he is recovering from the Euros?
Tottenham Hotspur had to rally to take a point from their home match against Liverpool on Saturday. They have now secured five points from their opening three matches, without coming close to the football they showed last season. Mauricio Pochettino has built a good squad, which is settled and full of quality, but something has been lacking during their opening three fixtures.
During the summer, England had five starting players that came from Tottenham, but they couldn’t take their club form to the international stage. The main disappointments were Dele Alli and Harry Kane, with neither managing to score a goal, despite being given a prominent role in the attack. The English contingent at Spurs has looked like they are suffering from a Euro 2016 hangover, which is why the performance of Danny Rose will be a huge positive for supporters.
Since breaking through at the club, it has been a difficult task for Danny Rose to secure a regular starting position. Pochettino has another talented left-back that is available to him in the form of Ben Davies, but Rose has emerged as the undisputed first choice at the club. He played a major part last season as Spurs qualified for the Champions League, and Saturday’s performance showed that he is beginning to move on from his exploits with England over the summer.
In terms of his defensive work, he was superb as Liverpool built few attacks down his side. There may have been a change in strategy to target Tottenham’s right hand side after Kyle Walker went off injured, but that shouldn’t take away from Rose’s display. He was relentless in his work rate and contributed to the game in both halves of the pitch, as a modern day full back is expected to do.
Throughout the match, he made several key defensive contributions to prevent Liverpool from getting the ball in dangerous areas. Rose made three tackles during the match and didn’t fail to win one, which highlights how alert he was today against a very good Liverpool side. Jurgen Klopp’s side are dynamic in attack and have plenty of pace. It is impressive that Rose finished the match with a 100% tackle success rate and shows that he is beginning to become as good defensively as he is in the final third.
Although he is hardly known for his aerial ability, Rose managed to win all three of his aerial duels. Instead, he relied on his anticipation to beat opposition players to the ball. The England international also showed his tactical awareness, which is rare for an English player. He made six clearances in the game to relieve the pressure on his side.
Pochettino asks his defenders to pass out from the back, but Liverpool’s high pressing game made this difficult. Tottenham defenders were caught out on a few occasions in their defensive third and needed last ditch defending to prevent Liverpool from scoring. Rose cannot be accused of making these errors, with the left back preferring to clear the ball when he was being pressed, as emphasised by his six total clearances.
The highlight from Rose’s performance was his goal, which earned his side a point. It showed his movement in the attacking half, as he found space to exploit. His first touch was poor, but the loose Liverpool defending meant this didn’t matter. Rose then slammed the ball past Simon Mignolet. The left back’s spatial awareness was superb and his goal capped off an excellent full-back display.
There is work to be done for Spurs over the next few weeks and the Champions League will introduce a new challenge to take on. However, Danny Rose’s performance was excellent and Pochettino will be hoping that his left back can consistently play at that level. He worked hard, defended well and provided an attacking edge, which ultimately got Spurs back into the game. It looks like one of Spurs’ England players has managed to recover from the summer, now they will be hoping the rest follow suit.
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