Mauricio Pochettino Pleased With 'Professional Performance' as Spurs Progress in FA Cup

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Mauricio Pochettino Pleased With 'Professional Performance' as Spurs Progress in FA Cup

"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".

He thinks maybe Rochdale shouldn't be playing there.

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.

"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".

Ground staff slept in the dressing-room at the stadium in order to work intensively on the pitch before the Millwall tie, with the club also hiring a heated dome to protect the surface from the weather. "He is doing well, training so hard and I think we need to assess him".

Rochdale CEO Russ Green wasn't impressed with complaints from the last round, saying, "We didn't endanger anybody's careers and I don't care if it's a Tottenham player or a Millwall player - they are still professional footballers".

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. "But it's true I've seen the picture, I think it's not a pitch in a condition to play football". It is a massive risk for their players too.

Tottenham are unbeaten in 11 games, and victory at Wembley this weekend would leave Arsenal with a mountain to climb to finish in the top four. "I don't know why what happened, happened with this pitch", Pochettino said.

"The gap is not massive but it will be tough".

Toby Alderweireld could start against Arsenal after playing 90 minutes against Newport, which was his first appearance since November 1.

"I think he will be ready to be in contention for Saturday", Pochettino said.

Pochettino does not believe that he has any negative feelings towards the FA Cup, and he views it as an important competition that he wants his team to try and win.

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