Published: Sat, February 10, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Spurs have conquered their Wembley hoodoo, says Pochettino

Spurs have conquered their Wembley hoodoo, says Pochettino

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino backed Erik Lamela to hit top form after the midfielder scored his first goal since returning from a hip injury that kept him out for over a year, in Wednesday's 2-0 FA Cup win over Newport County.

Pochettino said the pitch was not "in a condition to play football," and that he would speak to Spurs chairman Daniel Levy on Thursday to discuss the situation ahead of the game at Spotland on February 18.

"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".

"I am sure that many players will not be happy that they will be out but that is football, they understand the rules and always we are going to take the best decision for the team".

"If it's like the picture I have seen, then we can not play football". I think there will be goals in this game and hopefully we can steal it.

Mauricio Pochettino has claimed Wembley finally feels like home for Tottenham ahead of Saturday's north London derby against Arsenal. "We are Tottenham and we must win". "Not because we are Tottenham, no, I think Rochdale can not play football there, too", he said. It is a massive risk for their players too.

But Spurs boss Pochettino says players from both teams will be at risk.

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While victory over a side in League Two isn't exactly going to have people bowing at their feet, this is another step in Spurs creating a fortress, albeit a temporary one, at Wembley - a ground they initially took a while to get used to playing at.

However, rain is forecast in east Lancashire every day next week.

And they are at home in the league this weekend against Fleetwood.

But FA Cup glory this season is on the Argentine coach's radar as he chases a first trophy in England.

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.

Before that, Spurs face fierce rivals Arsenal tomorrow lunchtime then travel to Italy to play Juventus in the Champions League on Tuesday.

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