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It was a crazy-crazy game at Wembley as Tottenham hosted Rochdale in the FA Cup 5th round replay, with Fernando Llorente and VAR becoming the stars, one intentionally and the other not so much.

The Spaniard has had a tough time since switching his allegiance from Swansea but he scored a hat-trick to take Spurs into the next round as we now will take on Llorente’s former club.

There were cheers early on when Erik Lamela thought he had scored but the referee called it off after a lengthy VAR discussion before Son Heung-min opened the scoring. There were six goals scored by Tottenham but Son’s penalty was chalked off as he stuttered in his run-up.

The penalty itself was controversial as we were initially awarded a free-kick before it was converted into a spot-kick, thanks to VAR, again.

Rochdale, though, drew level before the break and there were fears that we could slip up against the lower league side, especially with the snow pouring down.

Fortunately for us, Llorente got into the act and scored a quick-fire hat-trick before Son and Kyle Walker-Peters finished the rout, ensuring we are one of the favourites for the FA Cup.

Llorente was undoubtedly the star of the night and here’s how the fans reacted to the Spaniard’s hat-trick.

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“We know we have to win” – Tottenham star puts pressure on team ahead of PSV clash

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Tottenham star Erik Lamela has put pressure on the club to go out and win against PSV Eindhoven on Wednesday.

Spurs lost their opening two games in their Champions League group, just like PSV, and have to beat the Dutch side if they have any chance of making it into the next round.

Barcelona beat us 4-2 while we lost in the last minute against Inter Milan in our group opener.

Lamela has been one of the stars for Spurs this season and was quoted by the Daily Star as saying:

“We know we have to win. Unfortunately we started the Champions League by losing in Milan.

“After, we lost against Barcelona and we will not have too many more chances, so we have to win.”

The Argentine scored in our 1-0 win over West Ham recently and his form will be crucial in getting all three points against the Dutch team.

Spurs need a bit of a miracle to make it into the next round and the next two clashes against PSV will be important.

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Six points from the two games should give us a fighting chance of qualifying for the knockout rounds. Anything less than that, and we might need to defeat Barcelona or Inter Milan in our final group games, which won’t be an easy task.

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31-year-old Tottenham star does not believe Spurs is his final club

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Tottenham captain Hugo Lloris doesn’t believe he will finish his career at the London club. The Frenchman was taking part in a Q+A session with Telefoot (h/t Evening Standard) and was asked if Spurs would be his final club.

The former Lyon keeper said: “I don’t think so.”

The report adds that should Lloris see out his current contract with Spurs, he would have spent a decade at the club.

The keeper helped the France national side to the World Cup in 2018 but claimed there were no offers for him post the victory.

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Lloris has been one of the best keepers in the world in recent years and claimed his future at the club is dependent on our manager.

“My future is tied to Mauricio’s. That is certain.”

The report adds that Pochettino signed a new contract with Spurs in the summer but has been linked with Manchester United and Real Madrid.

Pochettino is one of the best managers in the world and it comes as no surprise that others are interested in him.

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Lloris, for his part, has done very well at Tottenham and is only 31. The Frenchman seems to be hitting his prime at the club, which is a huge bonus for us. The only thing he has to work on is removing the minor errors in his game, which hasn’t cost us much.

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Tottenham confirm opening largest retail space for any football club

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Tottenham have opened the new Spurs Shop at the Tottenham Experience, which is the largest retail space for any football club in the world.

A release from the club added that the store would feature merchandise of the team, Nike and even the NFL. The store is 23,000 sq ft and contains numerous features including a 100-seater auditorium with a 36-screen video wall.

This area will hold special appearances, pre and post-match events and other promotions. The release adds that all payments will be cashless and there will be giveaways on the shop floor to generate excitement.

This is the first step in opening the stadium and hopefully, the fans will have a great time at the new store.

There are a number of other attractions lined up to make the experience even better. The release adds that numerous attractions will be available throughout the year, along with the stadium tours, the museum, archive and the sky walk.

Tottenham have spent a lot of money in redeveloping White Hart Lane and it is only fitting that we have one of the best stadiums in world football.

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The club is certainly on the up with Mauricio Pochettino at the helm, and now the only thing we would be looking forward to is the date when the stadium will hold its first game.

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