Tottenham Hotspur V Millwall at White Hart Lane : Match Preview

11 March 2017 02:34
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Mauricio Pochettino eager to avoid the wrath of Millwall - and his wife

Mauricio Pochettino admits defeat to Millwall in the FA Cup on Sunday will not only incur the wrath of Tottenham's fans - but also his wife.

Spurs face the in-form League One side in the tournament's quarter-finals as Pochettino's men go in search of the club's first trophy since 2008.

Tottenham are strong favourites, particularly given they are unbeaten at White Hart Lane this season, although they were given a scare in last weekend's 3-2 victory over Everton, when the visitors scored twice late on.

Pochettino accepts he celebrated prematurely when Dele Alli's third goal looked to have sealed the win and his wife Karina was quick to point out his mistake.

"I was mad," Pochettino said. "When we finished the game, I saw my phone and my wife said, 'Oh, what did you do? You lost your head when Dele scored?' Never again'.

"She always has ideas for the team. She always when I arrive home because she was watching on TV, she says 'why this or why that'?

"She always gave the opinion, but always after, never before. We lose - 'why play this? Why not that? Why not change?'

"In the last few weeks she has not been coming to White Hart Lane so I said, 'better you stay at home because we keep winning'."

Asked how often his wife has to tell him off, Pochettino said: "Only once. It's enough."

To stay clear of trouble this weekend, Pochettino may need Harry Kane, who has scored eight goals, including two hat-tricks, in his last four appearances.

Kane has pointed to his loan spell at Millwall in 2012 as a crucial part of his development, but Pochettino has been reluctant to send his brightest young talents elsewhere.

Harry Winks, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Kyle Walker-Peters and Kazaiah Sterling - among Tottenham's most promising crop of current academy graduates - have all stayed at Spurs.

"In different periods, something like that can work," Pochettino said.

"But when you give those players the opportunity to train with the senior squad, that is an even better experience.

"One example is Kazaiah Sterling. Next season he will be here and it means every day there is an under-18 striker training with Harry Kane.

"There is no better teacher to learn from. Where would we send him? It would be a completely different philosophy.

"But if you don't have the opportunity to train every day with the first team, it is true that it is good to grow up in another place and come back.

"Here we try to provide the facility to train with the first team for any player who can cope with the pressure."

Danny Rose remains out with a knee problem, while Erik Lamela, who has not played since October, is still feeling pain in his hip. Rose's absence means Ben Davies is likely to continue at left-back.

Meanwhile, Millwall boss Neil Harris believes his team can take inspiration from Sutton and Lincoln by giving Spurs a rough ride.

Sutton and Lincoln both reached the fifth round - the first time two non-league teams have together ever gone that far - with Lincoln facing Arsenal on Saturday for a place in the semi-finals.

Millwall are also enjoying a fairytale run of their own, having already beaten Leicester, Bournemouth and Watford, and Harris is not ready for the story to end here.

"Can we rattle Tottenham? Yes, there's going to be a moment in the 90 minutes that affects the competition in a different way," Harris said.

"We've done it three previous rounds. Sutton have done it. Lincoln are still doing it.

"We've got to take inspiration from that and make sure it's us that cause an upset or has a moment during the game that can maybe lead us to victory."

Goalkeeper Jordan Archer faces a race against time to be fit to face his former club.

Archer is rated 40-60 by Harris as he bids to overcome a groin injury.




Source: PAR


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