Liverpool v Spurs - Mauricio's preview
25 October 2016|Tottenham Hotspur
Mauricio Pochettino is under no illusions about the size of the task at hand tonight (Tuesday, October 25) as we go to in-form Liverpool looking to progress into the quarter-finals of the EFL Cup.
Since Jurgen Klopp took over at Anfield in October, 2015, we’ve played the Reds three times in the Premier League and on each occasion it’s ended with a share of the spoils, most recently with a 1-1 draw at White Hart Lane in August when we were forced to come back from a goal down to take something from the game.
However, with knockout football the name of the game in the EFL Cup, there must be a winner this evening and Mauricio – who is set to ring the changes as he did in the last round against Gillingham – expects the match to follow a different pattern to that of our previous league encounters.
“It will be different because it’s a different competition,” he told Spurs TV. “One thing is sure – it will be a very tough game because they are a team that likes to go forward and are very direct. For us it’s the same – we need to always be aggressive and try to play with and without the ball at the same tempo.
“It’s always difficult to play against a big team like Liverpool. It will be a very tough game at Anfield but in the same way a great experience for us. They are not involved in European competitions and they have a very strong squad like us, but our idea is to go there and try to go through to the next round and for that we need to win. It will be a very interesting game.”
Mauricio on whether the teams are evenly matched after three consecutive draws
“It will be a very tough game because they are a very aggressive team, a team with a lot of qualities to play and we share some principles. In our mentality we are very strong like them, we share that willingness to fight for every ball and because of that it will be a very interesting game and a very intense match.”
On the potential for squad rotation tonight
“After playing a lot of games – in seven or eight days we’ve played three very tough games and now we have four games ahead in 13 days – the depth of the squad is always important. It’s important that all players believe they can play, it’s a good opportunity for some players that don’t play regularly like Michel Vorm to play and show that they have the quality and the capacity to compete to be selected consistently in the Premier League and the Champions League.”
On whether there is concern about a lack of goals of late
“Always in football it’s about goals and it’s about trying to score if you want to win the games. The most important thing is to create chances – and create many chances. Sometimes you need to be lucky to score and be more clinical and that is the area that we need to improve on for the next few games.”