Pochettino gives hint about Tottenham's tactical approach against Sheffield United

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Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino is intending to attack Sheffield United, rather than sit back on their lead.

Mauricio Pochettino has hinted to the Daily Mail that Tottenham Hotspur will travel to Bramall Lane looking to attack Sheffield United. 

Spurs head to Yorkshire for the second leg of their Capital One Cup clash tomorrow night and they have a 1-0 lead to protect after winning the first leg at White Hart Lane.

This scoreline may have encouraged a number of managers to sit back, but Pochettino insists that his side will be going all out to score in the tie. 

"I think the pressure is the same as it was in the home game," he said. "We want to get to the final. But after the first leg we need to be careful, though we need to play freely. We need to score.

"Our fans expect us to arrive in the final at Wembley. But we need to play better than Sheffield, show more energy than Sheffield and try to fight. For me we need to go there thinking it is 0-0. I believe we will need to score. We have to forget about the first leg and show the mentality to win.

"When I speak about being more aggressive it is in the right way. We need to fight to get on the ball and instil our game."

Spurs were well short of their best in the first leg, with an Andros Townsend penalty being the difference between the two sides.

A similarly lethargic performance from Spurs could be punished by the Blades this time, and Pochettino will realise that big improvements will need to be made.

If he is looking to increase the attacking threat that his side possess, he may also have to think about who he starts up front.

Emmanuel Adebayor led the line when the two sides met at White Hart Lane, but he failed to cause the League One side too many problems and he could find himself on the bench tomorrow. 

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