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FA Cup Draw: A favorable quarterfinal match is possible for Spurs

17 February 2018, 11:12 | Stacy Ballard

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But speaking ahead of Tottenham's FA Cup fifth round trip to League One side Rochdale, Pochettino revealed that he would prioritise the league and Champions League over domestic cup competitions.

Following league victories against Manchester United and Arsenal, and their 2-2 Champions League draw in Turin, Spurs will be expected to comfortably seal their progression to the FA Cup quarter-finals.

"My comment was always about the care, first of all for the players of Rochdale, our players and the competition - it is a game that all of England will watch on TV".

"You can maybe win the FA Cup, League Cup, if you say, "OK, in five years we are going to win the FA Cup or League Cup", then you protect your best player for the FA Cup, forget the Premier League, and forget being in the top four". I was concerned about the FA Cup, the football and the image that we are going to send.

"But when I saw the pictures and the videos through the Rochdale website, I need to congratulate them because the effort was massive to get the pitch in the best condition to play". The effort was massive and I apologise 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.

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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.

"Or if we see he is not capable maybe to play, I don't know half an hour or 45 minutes or 20 minutes, he stay here - like with all the players that we assess".

Kane is set to be replaced by the, so far, under-performing Fernando Lorente as the main striker while Pochettino also indicated that winger Lucas Moura will start his first game after his move from PSG.

While one of the reasons for an experimental side is the busy schedule, the other is that the full squad need to be involved because football is a collective game, according to Pochettino.

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