Glenn Hoddle has told Sky Sports that today's League Cup final between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur will be close.
The former England manager believes that Spurs can win at London’s Wembley Stadium, but insists that they will have to do so in normal time.
“It’s a tough one, a close, close call,” Hoddle told Sky Sports. “If it’s going to be a Spurs win I get the feeling it has to be in 90 minutes.
“Chelsea have the power off the bench, and everyone sees them as favourites, but I see it being closer than that.”
Chelsea will indeed head into the League Cup final as favourites, despite the absence of defensive midfielder Nemanja Matic due to suspension.
Manager Jose Mourinho has one of the best and most complete squads in Europe, and his players collectively are far superior to those of Tottenham.
However, Sunday’s game is a ‘one-off’, and anything can happen. Chelsea simply cannot be complacent.
Tottenham have shown time and time again this season that they can stage comebacks, and the Blues should not get carried away even if they are 2-0 in front.
However, for Mauricio Pochettino’s side to win their first major trophy since 2008, they cannot afford to concede an early goal.
True, Tottenham came from a goal down to beat Chelsea 5-3 at White Hart Lane in the Premier League on New Year’s Day, but Mourinho and his players would have learnt their lesson.