Leicester v Spurs - Mauricio's preview
20 January 2016|Tottenham Hotspur
Mauricio Pochettino senses a determination from the players ahead of tonight’s FA Cup third round replay at Leicester.
It’s the final match of a 10-day trilogy against the high-flying Foxes after the initial 2-2 draw at the Lane and Leicester’s 1-0 win in the Premier League four days later.
The winners of the replay will travel to Colchester United in the fourth round on Saturday, January 30 - a match kicking-off at 12.45pm and selected for television coverage by BT Sport.
“You can feel they (the players) want to win,” said Mauricio after training on Tuesday.
“This club loves the FA Cup and you know it’s important for us to be in the next round. That’s certainly the feeling you get here.”
Below: Mauricio sits down with Spurs TV ahead of the replay
Mauricio said the players continue to train well in this busy period. “It’s always difficult but that’s why we have a strong squad,” he added. “The players are all motivated and want to play.”
It’s fair to say we dominated both recent matches at the Lane in terms of possession and chances created but Leicester - still with only two league defeats all season - defended for their lives and are a constant threat on the counter.
“We expect another tough game,” said Mauricio. “Leicester have a strong squad as well and it’s true, they played with different players in the FA Cup and the Premier League but kept the same style.
“As coaches, you always try to find a solution and try to play better.”