Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino questions safety of Rochdale pitch

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The 25-year-old missed the majority of last season with a hip problem and did not return to action this term until November, although he has played in each of Spurs' last 13 Premier League games.

Meanwhile Newport manager Michael Flynn, who has signed a contract extension until 2020, apologised to Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino for a dossier that said Spurs star Dele Alli didn't work hard enough in possession.

"In that condition, I think it doesn't help football". But not only us. "Not only us, them too", Pochettino said.

They will now trade the national stadium for the Crown Oil Arena, where Rochdale overcame Millwall in the previous round this week. "But it's true I've seen the picture, I think it's not a pitch in a condition to play football".

Pochettino has spoken highly of the quality in his first-team squad, but the Argentine has suggested that Perez has also played a leading role behind the scenes. It's a big risk to play on a pitch like this, if the picture gave us the accurate state.

"Our win at White Hart Lane last season was one of the most one-sided games I have seen against them in the 45 years I have followed Spurs. That is my point of view".

The pitch didn't look great on television, which is what formed Pochettino's opinion. I think Rochdale can not play football too there, and it's a massive risk for their players too.

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"For the opponent too, it's about providing a safe place to play for the players. Maybe the FA need to go in and try to take a very good decision for football".

"After the last training session, I hope that he is still doing well and we can put him in contention".

League Two Rochdale's 1-0 fourth-round win over Championship side Millwall was almost postponed because of the pitch, while recent games against Southend and Wigan were called off after rain left the surface unplayable.

Tottenham got past Wimbledon - who are 19th in the third-tier League One - in the third round, while Rochdale are second from bottom in that division.

Even if the two clubs are both open to switch to Wembley, the FA will only sanction that under extreme circumstances, such as the pitch being flooded, and they do not believe those circumstances have been met.

They are reluctant to allow switches because they don't want to set a precedent which would distort the competition.

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