Spurs v Barnsley - Mauricio's preview
19 September 2017|Tottenham Hotspur
Mauricio Pochettino hopes to see us continue our good recent record against lower-ranked teams when we take on Championship side Barnsley in the third round of the Carabao Cup at Wembley Stadium, connected by EE, this evening (Tuesday 19 September, kick-off 8pm).
Of the seven domestic cup ties we faced last term, five were against teams from other divisions and all of those ended in victories, with a whopping 20 goals scored and three conceded, all of which were against Wycombe Wanderers in the fourth round of the FA Cup.
Asked how he prepares his squad for a game like this, Mauricio said: "The players are ready to compete again. They know they have the possibility to play and they are excited.
"Everyone wants to play and it’s up to us to manage and provide the team with the tools to play well and try to win.
"It’s important to try to go further and, if possible, try to get to the final and then win the title. Our priority is to win every game. It’s another competition where we’ll try to go to the end.
"It’s an important game, like all the games we play. It’s a different competition, the Carabao Cup and it’s important to give the option to players who haven’t played too much to help the team, to rotate and provide minutes for everyone. It’s a good opportunity to play at Wembley and see the different options for the future."
On the potential for involvement from some young players
"Yes, we are going to mix it a little, maybe some younger players have the possibilities to play. It’s very good experience for them. Our responsibility is to win and it’s a good possibility to rest some players and involve some younger players."
On Barnsley, who are 20th in the Championship
"They have a good manager (Paul Heckingbottom) and I know a few players who were at Southampton (Jason McCarthy, Lloyd Isgrove). It’s exciting to meet them. It’s another game, another opportunity at Wembley and an important game for us."