Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham side facing must-win League Cup clash

Tottenham need to return to winning ways in League Cup ahead of Arsenal derby, writes Spurs blogger Hotspur Related

Hotspur Related
By Hotspur Related

A Capital One Cup third-round tie against a Championship side at White Hart Lane should essentially be a home banker.

Well, that’s what most neutrals will believe when noting that Tottenham Hotspur play Nottingham Forest on Wednesday evening, but this could be a crucial point of the season after just five weeks.

Now, I am not about to break into a ‘it’s more than a game’ speech, but let’s not be mistaken, this match is huge for Spurs and our Argentinian head coach.

Despite a great start to his Tottenham managerial career, Mauricio Pochettino is now starting to feel the heat.

He hasn’t won a game in his last four, and the most recent outing was a 1-0 loss at home to West Brom, a team that hadn’t won since April.
It means the pressure is on – and it’s growing.

The opponents tomorrow night, Forest, find themselves in quite a contrasting position to Spurs.

They are on an eight-game unbeaten run to start the season sitting pretty at the top of the Championship under their new manager Stuart Pearce in what is so far an almost fairy tale return for their former player.

Yes, there is light at the end of this tunnel for Spurs fans as Psycho hinted that he would rotate his squad. It should come as the perfect tonic for Tottenham.

This match presents the perfect opportunity to return to winning ways.

The changing of an in-form Forest side focusing on their own division against a strong Premier League XI, who should be aiming to give the recent boo boys of White Hart Lane what they are craving – a bold win accompanied with a stellar performance.

Their 4-0 rout against Harry Redknapp’s Queens Park Rangers side is acting as the benchmark for Spurs fans and their expectations.

Should they do the unthinkable and extend their winless run to five matches ahead of the derby away at Arsenal… well let’s not contemplate that scenario.

Come on Tottenham, let’s show some character and prove our quality, something we, evidently, haven’t done lately.

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