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Rochdale are planning for their glamour FA Cup fifth-round match against Tottenham as usual despite concerns over the state of their pitch.

Either known as Spotland Stadium or the Crown Oil Arena, there's already been plenty of attention drawn to Rochdale's pitch.

After the game both managers commented on the terrible quality of the playing surface.

"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.

"We have a very good squad, great players and of course now the competition, we increase the competition between them, almost all are fit, 100%, and will be tough to pick our best starting XI every single game".

Pochettino spoke to Football.London after the game, and suggested that Llorente did miss his opportunity to find the net, but noted that it's tough for all players to nail down a first-team spot, and isn't anxious about one player.

"I think it's going to be easy to recover his real level, or improve because he's more mature and you learn; in a tough moment you learn a lot, no doubt".

"It's about providing a safe place to play for the players from both teams".

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"I don't know what happened with their pitch but it's true that the picture I have seen shows it's not a pitch in a condition to play football. It's not a pitch in a condition to play football".

"Not because we are Tottenham, I think Rochdale can not play there too", he said.

"And it's a massive risk for their players, too. The FA needs to go in and take a good decision for football".

If the FA agree with Pochettino's analysis, Tottenham could push for the tie to played at an alternative venue.

A statement from the Hornets read: "Rochdale AFC have installed a dome-type pitch cover to dry the surface out to allow them to access to carry out vital drainage repairs which will involve a "drill and fill" technique to drain surface water". That is my point of view.

Tottenham are unbeaten in 11 games, and victory at Wembley this weekend would leave Arsenal with a mountain to climb to finish in the top four.

The FA have confirmed they want to game to go ahead at the home of the League One strugglers, feeling Dale have earned the right to take on the Premier League giants at Spotland.


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