Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough has insisted that his players are not “daunted” by the prospect of facing Tottenham Hotspur in the quarter-finals of the League Cup.
The Blades are currently plying their trade in League One, while Tottenham have ambitions of finishing in the top four of the Premier League and playing Champions League football next season.
“We aren't going to be daunted, we pay respect to the opposition, but we give it a real good go and the highlights in a season often come in cup competitions, hopefully there are still a few more to come,” Clough told United’s official website.
“We are aware of what the supporters have put in, especially with so many matches at home recently, so we are so grateful to each and every one of them for their consistent backing."
Many would dismiss Clough’s comments, but given how much success he has had with United since taking over the club in 2013, one should take his words seriously.
Clough took the Blades from relegation zone up to seventh in League One last season and also guided them to the semi-finals of the FA Cup.
This term United are currently fifth in the League One table and defeated Premier League high-flying Southampton in the quarter-finals of the League Cup.
Of course, Tottenham have the better team, but United do have a strong record in cup competitions
One should not be surprised if the Blades go on to reach the final and win the League Cup.