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Spurs boss Pochettino tells Rochdale: We'll pay for pitch upgrade

Tottenham and Rochdale are at odds over the Spotland pitch ahead of their FA Cup tie.

Millwall manager Neil Harris, who saw his side knocked out this week, branded the pitch as the worst he had ever seen and Pochettino said: “The FA need to assess how the pitch is, then to take a decision about if it's good for the FA Cup, good for the players and good for the teams to play in this type of pitch.

“In that condition I think it does not help football. I don't know what happened with this pitch but it is true that the pictures [I have seen] – I think it's not a pitch in a condition to play football.

“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. It's about providing a safe place to play for the players.

“If it is like I saw in the pictures, I think you cannot play football on it. That is my point of view. But not because we are Tottenham. No, I think Rochdale cannot play football there too. And it's a massive risk for their players too."

Tottenham could yet offer financial assistance to get the pitch up to scratch.

“I'm going to speak with the chairman and with the club, try to find a solution or to see what we can do," said Pochettino.

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