It represents a serious opportunity to lift the famous trophy under Wembley Arch in the Argentine’s debut season after the north London side drew Newcastle United in the last-eight draw.
With the Lilywhite’s just four games from the final, here are five reasons why they can go all the way.
In recent days, the Tottenham head coach and Belgium defender Jan Vertonghen have spoken about the need to change the mentality at the club. Such comments are evidence that they are taking the competition, that so many dismiss as a nuisance, seriously. Everyone attached with the Spurs in N17 shares the same desire of joining the elite, and the Capital One Cup may, bizarrely, give them that opportunity. With the potential success of winning the trophy used as a leap-frog to bigger wins, similar to rivals Arsenal in recent times.
A draw against Newcastle in the next round should be the perfect antidote following the disappointing home loss to the Magpies in the Premier League last weekend. This tie gives Spurs a chance to secure a semi-final spot, and if nothing else, revenge. Alan Pardew’s men have just put together a remarkable set of results following two away wins in succession against Spurs and League Cup holders Man City. But the trip back to White Hart Lane comes in between a challenging away trip to Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal and the welcoming of fierce northern rivals Sunderland in the Premier League, posing the question of importance and squad rotation for the under fire boss.
The side from St James Park may have concerns about rotating their squad, but that is not one Pochettino shares. Tottenham have great depth which should be beneficial in attempting to secure their progress in the cup whilst finding their feet in a so far problematic league. The quality at the Argentine’s disposal may be questioned, but the amount of options cannot.
Tottenham’s youth product may still be patiently waiting for a start in the Premier League under Pochettino but the versatile forward has found comfort in the club’s cup competitions, using it as an opportunity to display his talent both in attacking positions and in goal! Harry Kane is top scorer this term with six goals in the Europa League and two in the Capital One Cup. It may be best he remains in the cup sides if Spurs are to go to Wembley, as he cannot stop scoring!
Switching our attention to the remaining sides in the competition, Tottenham will certainly fancy their chances with arguably only Chelsea a stronger side remaining. As the Blues continue to take the Premier League by storm and target European success with the Special One as manager, it remains to be seen how much of importance the west London side will place on the League Cup. Everyone is just three games away from lifting the trophy, and Tottenham have to be a strong bet for doing just that.
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