Mauricio Pochettino worried about Tottenham stars' safety due to Rochdale's 'unfit' pitch

Feb 10, 2018, 02:05
Mauricio Pochettino worried about Tottenham stars' safety due to Rochdale's 'unfit' pitch

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has urged the Football Association to assess whether Rochdale's pitch is safe.

"I think the FA needs to assess the pitch and then to take a decision if it is good for the FA Cup, good for the players, for the team and players to play on this type of pitch".

"I don't know what happened with their pitch but it's true that the picture I have seen shows it's not a pitch in a condition to play football".

"Spurs' recent form has been good but after only earning a draw in the FA Cup to take it to a replay, plus a draw at Anfield, perhaps that means we can take advantage".

"I think it's a big risk to play in a pitch like this - if the pictures I have seen give an accurate impression of the state of it".

"I think he is going to find it easy to recover his real level, or improve because he is more mature and you learn in a tough moment a lot". If it is like what I saw in the pictures I don't think you can play football.

Spurs, now fifth in the league, have an opportunity to open up a seven-point advantage over sixth-placed Arsenal. "We are Tottenham and we must win". I think Rochdale can not play football too there, and it's a massive risk for their players too.

"And it's a massive risk for their players, too".

Tottenham got past Wimbledon - who are 19th in the third-tier League One - in the third round, while Rochdale are second from bottom in that division.

Wembley has not always been a happy hunting ground for Tottenham.

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.

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 global must continue to fight for his place in the starting XI just like everyone else.

The winger joined on deadline day from Paris Saint-Germain, having made just six substitutes appearances this season, and has been training with the Spurs squad since Saturday.

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