Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has apologised to Rochdale after he claimed their pitch was “not in a condition to play football” and posed a “massive risk” to his players.
Spurs, who turned in a tremendous fightback to draw 2-2 with Italian champions Juventus in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 clash on Tuesday, will head to the more humble surroundings of Rochdale’s Crown Oil Arena tomorrow.
Pochettino had expressed his concerns over the turf at the League One club but they have since spent £500,000 re-laying their pitch to ensure the surface is ready for the visit of his high-flying Premier League side.
“I want to apologise to the people in Rochdale, the chairman, and the people who took my comment the wrong way,” Pochettino said.
“My comment was about the care, first of all for the Rochdale players, our players, and the competition that all of England watches on TV.
“After the replay against Newport, I was with my coaching staff and they showed me a picture from Rochdale’s pitch after their tie against Millwall and it was not in a great condition.
“I was conscious about the FA Cup, the football, and the image that we are going to sell, but the care for the players, too.
“Now, when I see the pictures and videos of the pitch on the Rochdale website, I need to congratulate them because the effort was massive to get it in the best condition to play without risk.The conditions are fantastic so I congratulate them. The effort has been massive and, again, I apologise if someone took my words in the wrong way.”
What’s depressing here is that half a million quid has been completely completely wasted here.
Last year the food bank in Rochdale helped out 3,500 families with not just food – so they could eat – but with debt counselling.
Thank god none of those parasites got their hands on any of that half a mill. Thankfully common sense prevailed so Pocettino and his fairies could play a meaningless game of football on a billiard table.