Spurs can expect more from "important" Erik Lamela - Mauricio Pochettino

Spurs can expect more from

Spurs can expect more from "important" Erik Lamela - Mauricio Pochettino

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has laughed off questions about Fernando Llorente's poor goalscoring form and insists he is not anxious about his misfiring forward.

"In that condition I think it does not help football".

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

"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 there will be goals in this game and hopefully we can steal it. "He had the chance to score but you know now we have 24 players and it will be tough to find a place in the starting XI for everyone".

But Tottenham are like most teams in the Premier League top six, where they have so many competitions that are taking up their interest. But not because we are Tottenham. "Not because we are Tottenham, no, I think Rochdale can not play football there, too", he said.

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

Tottenham Hotspur winger Erik Lamela insists that his goal against Newport County on Wednesday night is just the beginning for him as he now hopes to get a run of games.

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

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

Spurs' victory over Newport earned them a place in the FA Cup fifth round, where they will take on League One outfit Rochdale on Sunday week.

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

Despite the comfortable win in the replay, it is the visitors who put in a decent display in their pursuit to cause another shock on Mauricio Pochettino's side.

Millwall boss Neil Harris claimed the surface was the worst in the league after his team lost an FA Cup replay 1-0 on Tuesday.

And that means his stars are likely to be recalled for the trip to Spotland with a quarter-final prize up for grabs.

A real test of their ability at the venue will come this weekend, however, when their fiercest rivals, Arsenal, come to play on the hallowed turf at Wembley.

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