Pochettino believes cup final defeat last season could be extra-motivation to beat Arsenal


Mauricio Pochettino is looking to avoid further Capital One Cup heartbreak this evening.

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has told the Daily Mirror that he wants to use last season's Capital One Cup final defeat to Chelsea as motivation against Arsenal.

Spurs face Arsenal in the Capital One Cup this evening, giving fans their first North London derby of the season in what promises to be a hard-fought encounter.

It's a competition that Spurs have had success in recently, having reached the final against Chelsea last season - only to lose 2-0 at Wembley in a disappointing showing from Pochettino's men.

Fans would love to head back to the final again this season, but Arsenal stand in their way, and with the Gunners coming off two straight defeats, Arsene Wenger's men will be keen to put up a real fight against their biggest rivals this evening.

Ahead of the game, Spurs boss Pochettino has told the Daily Mirror that he wanted his side to learn a lesson from their cup final defeat, having had them stay on the pitch to watch Chelsea's celebrations - and wants his players to use that feeling as motivation against Arsenal.

"It was important to show respect," said Pochettino. "But it was also a good lesson to see the trophy that you had the possibility, 90 minutes before, to take. You can always learn from defeat — to know that it is a feeling you don’t want to repeat. It was a good lesson for us."

"When you start to be involved in the competition again, like we are now, it is important to feel the same feeling that you felt in the final — to stay very focused, and very motivated, because they are important games," he added.

Another great cup run would please fans, but with aspirations of a top four finish as well as success in the Europa League, Pochettino needs to manage his squad accordingly this season to save his squad burning out, as they did towards the end of last term.

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