Hoddle: Losing cup final would have blow on Tottenham’s top-four hopes

Glenn Hoddle says Tottenham Hotspur's Europa League exit could affect their League Cup final performance

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

Glenn Hoddle has warned Tottenham Hotspur that losing the League Cup final could deliver a massive blow to their top-four hopes.

Spurs are looking to bounce back from their Europa League exit on Thursday night ahead of the Capital One Cup showpiece against Chelsea at Wembley on Sunday.

Fiorentina edged to a 2-0 win thanks to goals from Mario Gomez and Mohamed Salah, leaving Spurs winless in four attempts following their north London derby win.

Speaking to Sky Sports ahead of the final, former Tottenham manager Hoddle spoke of the potential effect their Europa League loss could have on Mauricio Pochettino’s side.

“A defeat on Sunday would be a massive blow for them after the Fiorentina loss. One defeat could carry onto the next,” Hoddle said.

“The pressure has built because they have gone out of the Europa League and don’t have that to fall back on. That result has got to have an impact on Sunday – both in the physical side of having to travel and mentally after losing.”

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Tottenham have slipped down to seventh place in the Premier League table after defeat by Liverpool and a 2-2 draw with West Ham United at White Hart Lane last Sunday.

Spurs were 2-1 winners against Chelsea after extra-time in the League Cup final in 2008.

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