Five things we learned about Tottenham Hotspur from their defeat to Chelsea

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Tottenham were beaten 2-0 by Chelsea in the Capital One Cup final - but what did we learn about Mauricio Pochettino's men?

Tottenham will be in more finals under Pochettino

Spurs came up short against Chelsea, and just didn't quite have enough to trouble Jose Mourinho's men. Yet there is plenty of reason to be optimistic, given that the starting XI contained a host of young players such as Eric Dier, Danny Rose, Nabil Bentaleb, Ryan Mason, Andros Townsend and Harry Kane. If they can continue to develop at the rate they have under Pochettino, then this won't be Tottenham's last final under the Argentine.

A winger is needed

Townsend and Nacer Chadli both struggled to make an impact for Tottenham, and substitute Erik Lamela didn't fare much better when he came on. With Aaron Lennon out on loan at Everton, Pochettino needs to bring in another winger this summer - preferably one with pace who can threaten a defence more than Chadli or Townsend did against the Blues.

Over-reliance on Kane is becoming an issue

We saw it against West Ham, and we saw it again in the Chelsea clash. Kane was left isolated against West Ham and Spurs somehow managed to salvage a point, but they had no such luck against Chelsea. Kane cut a forlorn figure in attack and was left to feed on scraps - and Pochettino must work to help his young striker in the coming weeks.

Build the midfield around Bentaleb

Spurs didn't have quite enough quality to trouble Chelsea, but midfielder Bentaleb turned in another impressive display for Pochettino's men. The Algerian international is just 20, but plays far beyond his years in midfield, and once again underlined why he's Tottenham's best midfielder with an assured display against Chelsea. With his best football ahead of him, Tottenham need to build their midfield around the youngster - maybe by bringing in a more physical presence alongside him this summer.

Lack of options from the bench

Tottenham were chasing the game but could only call upon Mousa Dembele, Erik Lamela and Roberto Soldado - none of whom had an impact. There just wasn't enough on the bench for Pochettino to be able to change the game, and that's an issue that needs to be resolved in the summer.

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