Spurs v Chelsea - Mauricio's preview
Tue 08 January 2019, 11:04|Tottenham Hotspur
Mauricio Pochettino stated ‘tactics are secondary’ as we face Chelsea over two legs for a place in the Carabao Cup Final.
The first leg is at Wembley this evening (8pm) and we travel to Stamford Bridge for the second leg on Thursday 24 January (7.45pm). The winners will take on either Manchester City or Burton in the final at Wembley on Sunday 24 February.
Asked about his tactical approach for a two-legged semi-final, Mauricio told Spurs TV: “It’s not going to be the key, the tactics.
“Chelsea know how we play, we know how they play. It’s more about our performance and in 180 minutes we need to deserve to go through to the final.
“We know that tactics are secondary. The most important thing is the way we approach the game, our mentality... we need to fight for every ball.”
As Mauricio pointed out, his approach will not differ from competition to competition – Premier League to FA Cup, Champions League to Carabao Cup.
He added: “The approach is always to play in the same way and try to win the game. Every single game we play in the Premier League, Champions League or cups is always about scoring goals and not conceding.
“This is the same. It’s so important how we are going to approach it. The most important thing is that we understand the tie over two legs, 180 minutes. It will be tough because Chelsea are a great team and this is a semi-final, so both teams are going to push to try to win.”
Tonight's first leg at Wembley is SOLD OUT.