Benji Stambouli encouraged by Tottenham’s ‘fighting spirit’
Benji Stambouli says Tottenham need to put thoughts of a Wembley appearance to one side
Benji Stambouli has hailed Tottenham Hotspur’s fighting spirit ahead of their clash at West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.
The north London side squandered an early lead at Bramall Lane on Wednesday night as Sheffield United striker Che Adams cancelled out Christian Eriksen’s opener with a quick-fire brace.
We showed that we always fight until the end to get the victory
However, the Denmark international scored his fourth last-gasp winner of the season to rescue a 2-2 draw on the night and 3-2 aggregate win over the two legs, booking Spurs’ place in the League Cup final.
Stambouli, who moved to White Hart Lane from Montpellier in the summer, warned Mauricio Pochettino’s men not to get distracted by the prospect of a trip to Wembley at The Hawthorns.
“I’m very proud of the team and I have a lot of good feeling in my heart after Wednesday’s match,” Stambouli told Tottenham’s website.
“We showed our fighting spirit and a good mentality at Sheffield United and we showed that we always fight until the end to get the victory.
“It was a good overall result for us but we are professionals and we will quickly change our mindsets to focus on the game on Saturday.
“We will go to West Brom and battle like we did on Wednesday night. Every game in England is a hard game but we have to try to win and I believe we can do it.”
Stambouli was part of Montpellier’s side which won the Ligue 1 title in 2012, playing alongside current Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud.
The former France Under-21 international has made seven Premier League appearances this season following his summer switch.