Harry Kane has been quoted by the London Evening Standard suggesting the League Cup final between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur is a decider between the clubs.
The forward has focused on the fact that Chelsea and Spurs are level at 1-1 in terms of the meetings between the clubs this season and he’s done something very smart by placing emphasis on the rivalry between the clubs.
“It's 1-1 between us this season, it's a decider if you like and there's no better place for it than Wembley,” said the Tottenham striker.
Even though Spurs were magnificent when they saw off Chelsea in the Premier League at White Hart Lane, it’s reasonable to suggest that the Blues will go into the final next month as the favourites for a win.
It’s arguable they have greater experience in terms of big final occasions, which places Tottenham’s squad under pressure.
By placing the emphasis on the rivalry between the two clubs, Kane is helping to take a little bit of pressure away from how important the League Cup final is for his team.
He’s trying to take the sting out of it by suggesting it’s just a game between two big London rivals who aren’t all that fond of each other.
In reality, it represents a fantastic opportunity for Spurs to get some silverware in the cabinet, though the club’s main focus will still be on qualifying for the Champions League next season.
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is one of the best in the business when it comes to mind games and making his opponents feel under more pressure than is necessarily the case.
By stressing the rivalry between the clubs Kane, and manager Mauricio Pochettino, can keep the focus on a single game of football rather than becoming intimidated by the occasion.
It’s 90 minutes and a chance for Spurs to get one over on a side on a side which has been a thorn in their side.