Newcastle owner Mike Ashley pays surprise visit to White Hart Lane

WONDER STRIKE ... Tottenham's Erik Lamela, right.

WONDER STRIKE ... Tottenham's Erik Lamela, right.

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MAURICIO Pochettino says he’s expecting a “difficult” game against Newcastle United on Sunday.

Pochettino’s Tottenham Hotspur side beat Asteras Tripolis 5-1 at White Hart Lane last night in the Europa League.

Newcastle owner Ashley was among the spectators according to the Press Association, and the billionaire saw Erik Lamela score a stunning rabona goal.

Pochettino must now quickly prepare his team for the visit of United, who lie 18th in the Premier League.

“We know that Newcastle is a very good team – they have very good players,” Pochettino said.

“It is true at the beginning of the season they had problems, but always a team when new players arrive maybe have problems at the beginning of the season.

“But Newcastle is a very tough team, and we expect a very difficult game against them.”

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