Pochettino refuses to talk about VAR after Swansea victory

Faith Castro
March 18, 2018

Who will start for Tottenham when they take on Swansea in their FA Cup quarter-final clash?

The Denmark global produced an excellent display at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday, breaking the deadlock early on and then completing the scoring in the second half after Erik Lamela had struck.

Pochettino won the Spanish Cup as a player in 2000 and 2006 but admitted Espanyol had been lucky and never went shooting up the league afterwards.

It also provides the chance for Pochettino and his squad to take further steps in proving their mentality following what criticism they received in the wake of surrendering to Juventus and falling repeatedly in the final straight during the last two title races and last season's FA Cup. Toby Alderweireld also remains sidelined for the North Londoners while Dele Alli and Danny Rose are also doubtful and will undergo late fitness tests before the game.

Harry Kane won't be available for the visitors, which means Fernando Llorente will be given an opportunity to impress.

Swansea, who are appearing in the last-eight of the FA Cup for the first time in 54 years, are without their top goalscorer, Jordan Ayew, as he is suspended after picking up a three-game ban for the red card he received in last weekend's Premier League draw with Huddersfield.

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The South Korean worldwide has emerged as a prominent player under Carlos Carvalhal and he will be important this weekend.

"We lost to a quality team who played well and scored fantastic goals". For us to progress, we would have to be at our best, and they have a bad afternoon.

For Swansea the challenge is to stay in the Premier League, having clawed their way out of the relegation zone. Tottenham will be wanting him to give a good display ahead of what is likely to be an extended run in the team for the Spaniard. If they deliver a similar performance on Saturday, they will be knocked out of the competition.

It hasn't been an easy route into the semi-final by any stretch of the imagination with two legs needed against League One minnows Rochdale, as well as a struggle against Newport County.

Swansea will have bigger fish to fry on their mind, with survival in the Premier League being their primary objective for the season, due to which the manager is likely to make some key changes in the line-up.

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