Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino explained why Danny Rose marched straight down the tunnel at Wembley and maintained there was “nothing wrong”.
Rose got a start in the 3-0 Champions League win over APOEL Nicosia, but he was replaced on 70 minutes by Kyle Walker-Peters after sustaining a cut to his head.
Fernando Llorente and Georges-Kevin Nkoudou scored their first goals for Tottenham as Spurs strolled into the Champions League last 16.
Llorente had gone 16 games without hitting the net since his summer switch from Swansea but the 32-year-old scored one before setting up a second for Son Heung-min. Nkoudou completed the 3-0 rout late on.
Pochettino’s men had secured first place in Group H regardless of this result and they now go through with a spring in their step, after collecting 16 points from a possible 18 in a pool that included Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid.
Speaking to BT Sport, Pochettino said: “To finish in a good way was fantastic for us. Some players who had not played every week had the possibility to play and I am so happy for their performance. To finish with 16 points is a fantastic achievement in a difficult group.”
Asked about Rose, who has been linked with Man Utd, appearing to be unhappy at being substituted, he added: “Players are never happy when they are going out.
“He had a big cut and the doctors said he needed a stitch and it was impossible to play.
“Of course the player was frustrated because it was Champions League but there’s nothing wrong.”