Pochettino apologises to Rochdale, has doubts over Kane

The Warm-Up Tottenham thrash Juventus…2-2

"We need to assess him tomorrow [Saturday] to see if he's possible for Sunday".

"My comment was about first of all the players of Rochdale, our players and the competition".

Yet Pochettino believes Tottenham, starved of silverware since winning the 2008 League Cup and without an FA Cup success in almost three decades, should be aiming higher than the world's oldest club competition.

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.

"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". Now when I see through the Rochdale website, the pictures and the videos, I need to congratulate them.

"I think now everyone wins - Rochdale wins, the FA wins, Tottenham wins, I congratulate them, the effort was massive to put it in the best condition and I apologise again if someone took my words in the wrong way". They came from behind to hold Juventus on Tuesday night in the Champions League round of 16 tie at Allianz Stadium, just three days after edging past Arsenal in the Premier League.

'If you say, "Tottenham are playing well but it is nothing if you don't win" - that is not true, ' said the Argentine.

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. "Maybe he has the possibility to start". "For me it will be a tougher game than Juventus or Arsenal because it is a challenge to be motivated in a competition that we want to go far in, but you have to perform at your best if you want to win".

"When Tottenham play, it is about the competition and the FA Cup is an important competition".

Lucas Moura left Paris Saint-Germain to pen a long-term deal with Spurs during the January transfer window but he's only been used as a last-minute substitute in the Champions League encounter with Juventus.

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