Tottenham take on Barnsley in the Carabao Cup this evening.
Aston Villa coach Stephen Clemence has told Tottenham Hotspur's official website that tonight's Carabao Cup tie with Barnsley will not be easy for Spurs.
Spurs play their first Carabao Cup tie of the season this evening, as they host Championship side Barnsley at Wembley Stadium in a game that Mauricio Pochettino will be keen to win.
Pochettino saw Spurs squander a number of chances in Saturday's home game against Swansea City, meaning they played out a 0-0 draw despite dominating the game.
Spurs still face major questions over their ability to play at Wembley even after beating Borussia Dortmund last week, having claimed just two points from a possible nine at their temporary home in the Premier League.
Tonight's it's the Carabao Cup for Pochettino, and he will be looking to avoid any major upset when his Spurs side host Championship outfit Barnsley.
Pochettino is expected to make a number of changes, possibly handing starts to recent signings Serge Aurier, Juan Foyth and Fernando Llorente, but the Spurs boss has been handed something of a warning by ex-Tottenham midfielder Stephen Clemence.
Stephen Clemence of Aston Villa
Clemence is currently coaching at Aston Villa, meaning he faced Barnsley on Saturday, and has told Tottenham's official website that tonight's game 'won't be easy' as they are facing a young, hungry team looking to make a name for themselves, picking out Ike Ugbo and Liam Lindsay as two players to watch.
“They’ve got a very good manager in Paul Heckingbottom and coaching staff who have done really well,” said Clemence. “They got promoted the season before last, had a good season in the Championship last year, they’ve recruited well and they’re a young and hungry side who are looking to make a name for themselves. It won’t be easy for Tottenham, they’ll have a go and their desire and commitment is second to none. We (Villa) managed to play really well at the weekend and we’ve come away with a comfortable victory which was much needed for us but, having watched quite a few of Barnsley’s games in the last week or so in doing the analysis for our match, Tottenham will definitely have to match their work rate because that is definitely a strength of theirs. They keep going to the end and even if they go behind they keep playing the same way.”
“They’ve got some quality in wide areas, they like to get balls into the box, they’ve got a young striker on loan from Chelsea called Ike Ugbo who looks like he’s going to be a good player, the young left-sided centre-half called Liam Lindsay, he’s only 21 and he’s come from the Scottish leagues but he looks like he could be a good player if he keeps progressing. Barnsley tend to recruit players quite young and develop them,” he added.