Fan favourites return as Poch rings changes – this Tottenham XI will cruise past Rochdale
Mauricio Pochettino has got the luxury of a full squad to select his starting XI from for the fifth-round FA Cup tie away at Rochdale on Sunday.
However, he still has some big decisions to make with the right balance needed after his side’s exertions in Turin on Tuesday night.
The 2-2 draw against Juventus was another feather in the cap for Pochettino after a brilliant Champions League campaign.
However, despite being the favourites to progress through to the quarter finals of the competition, it’s still going to be a push to go on and win it.
Their best shot at the trophy that will get pundits off his back and possibly convince the big-name stars that their future lies at Tottenham is the FA Cup.
Rochdale shouldn’t pose much of a problem.
They’re rock-bottom of League One with just five wins from 28 games, however Pochettino knows that to a certain extent the form book goes out of the window in the FA Cup – just look at the shock League Two Newport gave his side in the last round.
So his task is to pick the side that will get past Rochdale at the first attempt – another replay is the last thing he needs – while resting the players he needs for the Premier League and the Champions League.
Bearing all this in mind, Football Insider names the best possible Tottenham starting XI against Rochdale, which includes a recall for a fan favourite who fans have been urging him to start over the past few weeks.
Click below to see who is expected to start in goal and defence