Tottenham Hotspur: Mauricio Pochettino apologises for Rochdale pitch comments

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Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino says he has his eyes set on winning "big trophies" like the Champions League and Premier League as he feels success in cup competitions like the FA Cup alone is not enough for Spurs.

And Rochdale manager Keith Hill insisted his sise had not squandered a key component of home advantage by proving Spurs with a Premier League-standard pitch to play on.

"I want to apologise to the people in Rochdale, the chairman, and the people who took my comment the wrong way", Pochettino said.

"It's a game all England is going to watch on TV".

That has been made easier with the Lancashire club relaying their sub-standard pitch, forcing Pochettino into issuing a grovelling apology after initially sparking safety fears over whether their surface was suitable. But I was careful of their players too, not only my players. But sure I think it's a competition that maybe we use the facility to play some players.

"Their effort was massive".

"I was shown a picture where the pitch wasn't in great condition, I was concerned about the FA Cup, the football and the image we were going to send".

However, Pochettino has admitted that the attacker is in line to start Sunday's FA Cup fifth round fixture with Rochdale at Spotland. "We don't have time to enjoy that we won the derby, or how we played in the Champions League on Tuesday night".

From Turin on Tuesday to a resurfaced Crown Oil Arena, Spurs may be without main man Harry Kane who is reportedly suffering from a twisted ankle.

Spurs/Rochdale were the second ball out of the bowl tonight as they were matched up with the victor of the replay between Championship side Sheffield Wednesday and Premier League side Swansea City.

Tottenham star striker Harry Kane, who has already scored a remarkable 33 goals this seasons, is doubtful for the trip to Lancashire with an ankle problem. If he is fit maybe he has the possibility to play, if he is not 100 per cent he could be on the bench or maybe half an hour, or 20 minutes.

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