Tottenham Hotspur intend to go to Chelsea to attack tonight in their FA Cup Youth clash, despite holding a 2-0 aggregate lead.
Tottenham Hotspur youth-team coach Keiran McKenna's comments to the club's official site show that Mauricio Pochettino's attacking ethos is something which is being implemented at every level at White Hart Lane.
McKenna takes Tottenham's under-18's to Stamford Bridge tonight for the second-leg of their FA Youth Cup semi-final with Chelsea, where they will be looking to protect their 2-0 advantage.
Most teams in this situation would be looking to sit back, with all of the pressure on their opponents, but McKenna insists that Tottenham will look to play on the front-foot.
“It’s a different scenario for our players to play in a two-legged tie and to have a 2-0 lead from the first leg but we’ll be looking to go there to impose ourselves because the first goal on the night is really important,” he said.
“We’ll go there positive, look to impose ourselves, look to get a lead and hopefully win the tie on the night.”
The comments directly mirror those of Pochettino prior to the Lilywhites' game with Manchester United last weekend.
The Tottenham manager stated that Spurs will always attack under his stewardship, with the Argentine simply not interested in setting up a team with a defensive mentality.
Although Tottenham lost 3-0 at Old Trafford, it is an attitude which can only be commended and it appears that it is one which is being implemented throughout the club.
Spurs are placing added importance on developing academy players, and having a consistent model at each age level is sure to only benefit their youngsters when they do get called up to the first-team.