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I never dreamed of glory on the European stage, admits Tottenham star

Biggest night: Spurs’ Danny Rose is ready to make history
Biggest night: Spurs’ Danny Rose is ready to make history

By Jonathan Veal

Danny Rose admits he never set his sights as high as winning the Champions League with Tottenham Hotspur.

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 in his five years in charge, has always said winning the Premier League or Champions League should be the aim.

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 glory as they take on Liverpool in Saturday's Champions League final.

Rose openly says the prospect of winning this particular competition 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 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.

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