Tottenham Hotspur boss urges FA to intervene over Rochdale pitch

Tricia Pearson
February 10, 2018

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has laughed off questions about Fernando Llorente's poor goalscoring form and insists he is not anxious about his misfiring forward.

Referees are professional and I think with the spotlight on them, Taylor will want to make sure he has a good game, too.

"It's a big risk to play on a pitch like that - especially if the pictures I have seen give an accurate impression of the state of it".

"I think it's not a pitch in a condition to play football", said the Argentine.

"Our win at White Hart Lane last season was one of the most one-sided games I have seen against them in the 45 years I have followed Spurs".

Nevertheless, nothing can be taken away from the League Two side who showed commitment and resilience throughout the match and can feel proud of their efforts over both ties.

"Not because we are Tottenham - Rochdale I think too can not play there".

"For the opponent too, it's about providing a safe place to play for the players".

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Tottenham Hotspur winger Erik Lamela insists that his goal against Newport County on Wednesday night is just the beginning for him as he now hopes to get a run of games.

"We are a team that respects everyone", Pochettino said.

Wembley has not always been a happy hunting ground for Tottenham. "The FA needs to go in and take a good decision for football".

FA bosses feel Rochdale have "earned the right" to stage the game on their home ground and on their terms - and moving venue is highly unlikely.

Keith Hill's men beat Championship Millwall at home on Tuesday to land a shot at Spurs after their pitch passed a 9am inspection by match ref Tim Robinson.

Since then, the North London outfit have moved closer to the top four in the Premier League table, as well as progressing into the fifth round of the FA Cup.

Speaking shortly after his side's 2-0 victory over Michael Flynn's side, Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino insisted that Llorente's struggle to find the back of the net does not worry him and that the former Spain worldwide must continue to fight for his place in the starting XI just like everyone else.

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