Nabil Bentaleb on following Tottenham Hotspur v Sheffield United from afar

Nabil Bentaleb Spurs

Nabil Bentaleb reflects on following Tottenham Hotspur’s progress to the final of the League Cup from Equatorial Guinea.

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Nabil Bentaleb has revealed to the club’s official website of his emotional state during the team's match against Sheffield United last month.

North London outfit Tottenham were involved in the second leg of the League Cup semi-final tie against the Blades on January 28.

Having won the first leg of the tie 1-0 at White Hart Lane, Spurs were expected by many to qualify for the final with relative ease.

However, Mauricio Pochettino’s side had to do it the hard way, scoring a late goal through Christian Eriksen at Bramall Lane to draw the second leg 2-2 and win the tie 3-2 on aggregate.

Bentaleb did not feature in the game in Sheffield as he was away on international duty with Algeria, trying to lead his country to 2015 Africa Cup of Nations glory in Equatorial Guinea.

However, the 20-year-old was following the match on his phone as it was not on television, and has now revealed his emotional state during that period.

“I saw it was 1-0 and I thought ‘okay, we’ve got this’ but then at 2-1 down, I wanted to cry, seriously,” the youngster told Tottenham’s official website.

“I was like a kid looking at the phone and then it came up ‘goal’ but when my phone is locked, it just comes up as an alert across the top. I couldn’t see who had scored! My heart was beating but I pressed it and it was us!

“We were all speaking about the possibility of going to Wembley before I went away and now we’re there it’s an amazing feeling.”

Bentaleb, who is now back at Tottenham, is preparing with his teammates for the North London derby against Arsenal at White Hart Lane on Saturday.

One suspects that the youngster will not want to fall behind in the Premier League encounter, as a comeback may not be possible against an in-form Gunners team.

The Algeria international is likely to start against Arsenal, and his return to the first team will be a boost to Tottenham’s chances of winning the encounter.

Bentaleb has made himself a regular in Tottenham’s midfield alongside Ryan Mason in recent months, creating five chances in 11 Premier League appearances in the process.

The 20-year-old has a pass accuracy of 86% and has won eight of the nine dribbles he has attempted.

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