Tottenham round-up, Pochettino anticipates close final, Eriksen eyes first trophy

A selection of the latest stories involving Tottenham Hotspur in the media this Friday evening.

Tottenham Head Coach Mauricio Pochettino is anticipating a battle of wits in Sunday's League Cup final against Chelsea.

The two side's have met twice in the Premier League already this season, with the sides claiming a victory each, and Pochettino thinks Sunday's showpiece at Wembley could come down to the finer details.

He's quoted in the Daily Mirror, saying: "It is only small, tactical details because it is Chelsea. We know Chelsea and Chelsea know us.

"It is about our performance, it is a final and it is about winning not about playing good. It is important to get the trophy.

"Chelsea is one of the best teams in the world and I think that whoever plays for Chelsea, they have the same philosophy and great team – for us, we need to be focused on our game."

The Spurs boss also said Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was a manager he admired, while the Chelsea boss said at his pre-match press conference earlier in the day that he has a good relationship with his opposite number.

Pochettino is also quoted in London 24 suggesting he has decided on his starting XI for Sunday's game, with a much changed line-up anticipated from the side that lost 2-0 to Fiorentina in last night's Europa League game.

Midfielder Christian Eriksen is relishing the opportunity of lifting his first trophy in English football in only his second season, and is anticipating a different game from their meeting in January, where Spurs ran out 5-3 winners.

He told the club's website: “It would mean a lot to win it. I got used to winning trophies at Ajax, so it would be great to win something here.

"I’m looking forward to it and anything could happen. I’m sure Chelsea will want their revenge but we’re ready for that."

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