Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has given his initial thoughts on a League Cup semi-final clash against Sheffield United.
Spurs avoided facing either Chelsea or Liverpool in the last four and will be pleased to take on the League One side over two legs, after they defeated Southampton earlier this week.
Pochettino resisted talking up his side’s chances of making the final, suggesting that Tottenham need to respect Sheffield United for the position they have got themselves into.
“I think that we need to have full respect for Sheffield United. It is a team from League One but they deserved to stay on to the semi-final,” the boss is quoted by the Standard.
“Yesterday we watched the game and they fully-deserved to stay in the semi-final.”
“We fully respect them and in football you never know. We need to be careful, be ready and always alive in every game. It is not an easy game.”
The League Cup now represents a very realistic piece of silverware for Spurs and while they won’t take Sheffield United lightly, there will be optimism over a trip to Wembley.
It’s an excitement that Pochettino has to stay on top of because Tottenham’s priority this season is always going to be the Premier League and Europe.
Those two competitions represent access routes into the Champions League, which Spurs would more than likely take over a win against the Blades ahead of a February final.
“We need now to stop and be focused on the Premier League. Saturday is a very important game for us and after, when we arrive in January, we will focus on this game.”
Tottenham’s immediate priority is three points against Burnley this weekend.