Saturday, 21 October, 2017

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino: Chelsea are favourites for Wembley win

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MAURICIO Pochettino reckons Chelsea are the favourites going into Saturday's FA Cup semi final showdown at Wembley - but has warned the west Londoners his side are brimming with confidence as they gear up for the clash.

Chelsea have stuttered in the Premier League title race in recent weeks and have lost two of their last four games in the top flight to allow Spurs to close the gap to the Blues down to just four points.

Pochettino said he was especially proud of his work despite the greater spending power of the clubs around them.

"If there is one favourite it's more Chelsea because they are on the top of the table in the Premier League, and [because of] the experienced players they have, and the manager they have", said Pochettino. We are talking about the team that, in the last five years, have won European competitions, World Cups, and a manager who won the title in Italy. "Our form has been better at home than away and the fact Hull are home to Watford, a game I believe they will win, we have to win".

Pochettino said: "When we competed at Wembley, the Champions League was a new competition, and then in the Europa League we played with 10 men in the second half". We have 71 points with six matches to go whereas we finished last season with 70 points.

Mauricio Pochettino wants Spurs to put on an aggressive display at Wembley.

Clement, who previously worked as a coach and later assistant manager at Chelsea, said he would be interested in speaking to John Terry about a move to Swansea at the end of the season if they avoid relegation. "But we are improving a lot". The team is playing in a good way, exciting football, scoring goals and not conceding not too many goals. Now it is the moment to translate those stats and the feeling we have; to show that we've grown up. You can say that, at the end of the season, you grow up and learn if you win some titles. That's the most hard step to achieve. You are competing with big sides, big clubs, big players.

"To reach that level that you challenge and you fight the likes of Chelsea, you compare the players and they have players that won World Cups".

Chelsea's Gary Cahill was first out of the blocks as he desperately tried to play down the significance in the longer term of facing their fast-finishing rivals in the top flight.

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