Pochettino: Spurs feeling like Wembley 'is home'

Tottenham Hotspur's Argentinian midfielder Erik Lamela celebrates after scoring his side’s second goal in the English FA Cup fourth round replay match against Newport County at Wembley Stadium in London on Wednesday

But with the field having been covered with sand before the Millwall tie to ensure the game could go ahead, Pochettino has now said that playing the game there is "a big risk". There is also the possibility of them helping Rochdale to improve the surface.

They will now trade the national stadium for the Crown Oil Arena, where Rochdale overcame Millwall in the previous round this week.

First half goals from Erik Lamela and an own goal from Newport's Dan Butler were enough for Tottenham Hotspur to advance to the 5th Round of this season's FA Cup against a plucky Newport County side at Wembley stadium on Wednesday night.

Mauricio Pochettino's side are unbeaten in eight league games but have drawn three of the last five.

"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 very proud of the players".

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

If it is like I saw, I think you can not play football on it.




"But not just because we are Tottenham".

"I think Arsenal will be tough to play because they have good quality, talented players and are one of the best teams in the Premier League".

"I think you are going to struggle no? It's important, and I'm going to see him and try to talk with him and see if we can find some solution".

The Argentine is likely to ring in the changes again for the visit of sixth-placed Arsenal, with Brazilian midfielder Moura in line to make his debut after arriving in the January transfer window from French side Paris St Germain.

Tottenham's fourth-round replay against Newport brought Lamela's fourth start of the season in all competitions, with two coming in the Premier League.

Pochettino is anxious about his players getting injured but said that he is anxious about Rochdale's players getting injured too. It's something we're considering doing.

Pochettino added that he was yet to make a decision on whether Toby Alderweireld would start after the centre-back played 90 minutes against Newport on his first appearance since November 1.

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