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Danny Rose revealed manager Mauricio Pochettino’s impassioned half-time team talk in Saturday’s north London derby against Arsenal made him like he was “going into war”.


Arsenal went into the break 1-0 up on Saturday thanks to Aaron Ramsey’s smart finish, but Tottenham improved dramatically after the break and levelled from the penalty spot through Harry Kane at Wembley.

Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris saved a late Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang spot-kick to secure a 1-1 draw and Rose credited Tottenham’s second-half transformation to Pochettino’s talk, describing it as “one of the best things I have witnessed in football”.

“The manager said some things at half-time and that was the turning point, because he is usually really calm and collected,” Rose told reporters.

“He normally talks to us at half-time and this time it was like he was really sending us to war.

“It was one of the best things I have witnessed in football and we kept going and that was the attitude he wanted to see in the second half.

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“He normally talks as he is really calm, but this time he was really passionate. I felt as if I was literally going into war after the team talk that he gave.

“It is literally one of the best team talks I’ve been involved in since I’ve been playing football.”