Rochdale manager Keith Hill has been raving over the way in which Tottenham play their football ahead of the two sides’ FA Cup replay at Wembley on Wednesday.
Hill’s men currently sit at the bottom of League One, England’s third tier, and look destined for the drop into the bottom rung of league football with an 11 point gap to 20th in the table and safety from relegation.
However, they earned themselves a trip to the English national stadium as they pulled off an impressive 2-2 draw with Spurs a week ago, Steve Davies’ netting in the third minute of injury time to cancel out Harry Kane’s 88th minute strike and force a replay.
Speaking ahead of Wednesday’s showdown, with the winner knowing they will face a visit to Sheffield Wednesday or Swansea in the next round, Hill admitted he truly admired the style of football managerial counterpart Mauricio Pochettino has his side playing, while revealing his tactics to overcome the Argentine.
He was quoted by the Daily Mail as saying: “It’s going to be a difficult game but an enjoyable opportunity not to test themselves but to go and win a game.
“If you want to watch football played with the philosophy I like I’m watching Manchester City, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur.
“It’s a joy to watch. If I was located in a different geographical position I would be watching Tottenham as a fan.
“We won’t be dirty, that’s for sure. There’ll be no dirty tricks campaign. We’ll try and play them at football.
“They are better than us but I would encourage my players to be creative and focussed. If we’re not too brave I’ll find it very difficult to digest.”
Dale come into the match having suffered a narrow 1-0 defeat at the hands of promotion hopefuls Wigan Athletic, while Spurs managed to be on the right side of a one-goal game, Kane netting a late goal to secure all three points over Crystal Palace on Sunday.
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