Mauricio Pochettino reacts to Fernando Llorente's wasteful display against Newport County

Spurs “much much much better” than Liverpool – Mauricio Pochettino

Pochettino rested a number of key players for his side's fourth-round replay win over Newport on Wednesday.

Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino has backed Erik Lamela to reach "a higher level" than before his injury following his good performance against Newport County.

Lamela underwent hip surgery last April before returning to the team in November.

Pochettino hopes the former Roma star can hit new heights after coming through the difficulties of a lengthy absence. But he loves football, and he loves to train. "In a tough moment, you learn a lot", he told a press conference ahead of Spurs' game against Arsenal on Saturday, via the Independent.

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Lamela is also delighted to have scored and admits that he had a hard time being on the sidelines for so long, with him being a player who needs to feel the game on a regular basis. Says it is no in a condition to play football & could lead to injuries for both sets of players. "It's important because he's an important player".

"I am convinced that he wanted to say that tricking your opponent is to say that you have to be clever", he said when asked about Pochettino's comments. "I think his mentality is fantastic". "At Wembley you play special games where you are under pressure to perform and we responded well to it every time".

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"It was a great opportunity for Fernando to score and he missed".

"It's about providing a safe place to play for the players", Pochettino said.

Wenger was adamant that he would not actively encourage diving but said most attacking players would look to push the boundaries to gain an advantage. Who is playing less?

"Nobody wants to be embarrassed or trounced, the first 25 minutes I thought we were the better team".

Rochdale chief executive Russ Green, meanwhile, added: "We didn't endanger anybody's careers and I don't care if it's a Tottenham player or a Millwall player - they are still professional footballers. Maybe the FA need to go in and try to take a very good decision for football".

Before that, Spurs face fierce rivals Arsenal tomorrow lunchtime then travel to Italy to play Juventus in the Champions League on Tuesday.

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