MAURICIO Pochettino is not underestimating the challenge posed by Millwall he gears up for Sunday’s FA Cup quarter final clash - almost certainly the last cup game to be played at White Hart Lane.
Opposite number Neil Harris, who has guided his side to victories over Bournemouth, Watford and most recently Premier League champions Leicester so far in the competition, has already signalled that he intends to ruffle a few feathers by adopting a more physical approach than the Lilywhites are used to - but Pochettino was unfazed.
He said: "It’s a London derby and we are really focused on what will be a very difficult game. It is great to be in a quarter-final but we are aware of the threat they will post and we respect them. Their formation is 442 and we are fully aware of how they play and know it will be a tough game."
Pochettino, who emphasised that he would pick a strong side with everyone available for selection except long-term casualties Danny Rose and Erik Lamela, said there would be no special events to mark the last FA Cup tie at the club’s stadium prior to its redevelopment, preferring instead to concentrate on the task at hand.
He said: "The FA Cup is special - everyone thinks they can win. It is a massive opportunity to be in a semi-final at Wembley but we know that first we have to play a difficult team.
"For us it is a final - it’s a massive thing for us."
Pochettino also expressed confidence that the game would pass off without significant crowd trouble after Leicester lodged a complaint about the behaviour of the Lions fans following their 1-0 5th round defeat at the New Den.
He said: "I trust that our fans and their fans will behave well."