Thierry Henry talks up Tottenham Hotspur, despite defeat

Arsenal legend Thierry Henry says Tottenham Hotspur should not feel ashamed of their loss to Chelsea.

Arsenal legend Thierry Henry says Tottenham Hotspur can take heart from their performance in the Capital One Cup final. 

The retired striker told SkySports that Mauricio Pochettino's side should be positive going into the rest of the season.

He said: "They gave it their all, they gave Chelsea a game, but it’s a mixed feeling. You have the sensation of giving everything but losing 2-0.

"They need to build on that and not feel too defeated."

How Tottenham's season plays out could depend on their next fixture, at home to Swansea City just this Wednesday.

Spurs have not won any of their last five games in all competitions since beating Arsenal in the league; losing to Fiorentina and Chelsea, drawing against the Italians and West Ham, and also defeated away to Liverpool.

Getting knocked out of two cups in a matter of days is a tough blow for any team to take, and the manner of the performance is slim comfort when dealing with a loss at Wembley.

A win against Swansea would reset their focus, and as Henry hints at, be a stepping stone in building on progressing to the final.

League results also went against Spurs this weekend with Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United all winning, and they now sit six points behind fourth place albeit with one game in hand. Lose to Swansea and that gap will grow, and their season will be at risk of petering out with a whimper.

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