Published: Sun, February 11, 2018
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Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino concerned by state of Rochdale pitch

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino concerned by state of Rochdale pitch

Tottenham Hotspur progressed to the fifth round of the FA Cup with a scrappy 2-0 win over Newport County at Wembley Stadium in Wednesday night's replay.

"I think he is going to find it easy to recover his real level or improve because he is more mature and you learn a lot in a tough moment".

He added: "I remember there were tremendous cases here when foreign players did it, but I must say the English players have learned very quickly and they might even be the masters now".

"I am honest, always", said the Spurs boss.

"It's about providing a safe place to play for the players", Pochettino said. He left "by mutual consent" and plans to pursue a career as a tattoo artist instead of play in the big match against the Premier League side.

He said: "I can not say if they look stronger or not".

Toby Alderweireld made his comeback from injury as Tottenham eased into the FA fifth round with a 2-0 win over Newport.


Newport can point to successes in the FAW Premier Cup in 2008, Conference National play-off winners in 2013 and being crowned Conference South champions 2010. It is a massive risk for their players too. I'm exhausted of explaining, but football is about 24-25 players, it is about quality of effort.

Mauricio Pochettino is sick and exhausted of being told he needs to win a trophy with Tottenham but the route to glory in the FA Cup appears to have opened up.

The 25-year-old said this week that he has no interest in leaving amid speculation as he believes this Spurs squad is getting better and better.

Flynn, who signed a new contract with the Exiles on the morning of the replay, securing his future until 2020, has urged his players to ensure they visit Wembley again this season, via the League Two play-offs.

"If it's like I saw in the picture, I think you can not play football".

Lamela missed the majority of last season and the start of this campaign with a hip injury that kept him out of action for 13 months.

Pochettino named first-team regulars Harry Kane, Jan Vertonghen and Mousa Dembele for the 1-1 draw against Newport County last month but is expected to field a weakened side at Wembley with one eye on Saturday's derby against Arsenal in the league.

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