Mauricio Pochettino backs Erik Lamela to hit 'real level' at Tottenham Hotspur

Hope Soto
February 10, 2018

Tottenham are now through to the next round of the FA Cup after defeating Newport County 2-0 at Wembley on Wednesday night.

The FA's green-fingered boffins have already swung into action and offered support and cash to help Rochdale sort out their pitch in readiness for the game on Sunday week.

Manager Pochettino would never admit it but he has to hear the knock of opportunity.

But it was a different story at Wembley where, with South Korea's Son Heung-Min impressing for Tottenham, Dan Butler's 26th-minute own goal and an Erik Lamela strike eight minutes later put Spurs 2-0 up before half-time. I don't know why it happened to the pitch, but it's true that through pictures I think it's not a pitch in a condition to play football.

Following a hard start at their temporary residence, Mauricio Pochettino says Wembley finally feels like home for Tottenham as they prepare to host Arsenal on Saturday.

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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Rochdale chief executive Russ Green, meanwhile, added: "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. It's important because he's an important player".

"We go into the game this weekend brimming with confidence and we have key players returning from injury after exceptional performances from the bench against Manchester United and Liverpool".

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

"Of course it was a massive problem, more than one year out".

"I was a very long time out and it was so hard for me, but now I've come back and scored my first goal, I hope it's the first of many", Lamela told his club's official website.

He loves to train. If it is like what I saw in the pictures I don't think you can play football. But the state of the sandy, muddy pitch, judged to be the worst in the Football League, has prompted serious worries ahead of the match.

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