Sarri fully aware of what derby with Tottenham means to Chelsea

09 January, 2019, 00:28 | Author: Marlene Myers
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One thing Pochettino and Sarri have in common, however, is that their otherwise highly impressive managerial resumes are missing significant silverware - though speaking ahead of the semifinal first leg on Tuesday at Wembley, the Italian was keen to draw one important distinction from his opposite number. You may have heard a little thing about Callum Hudson-Odoi the last few days, specifically that Bayern Munich want to spend lots of their money acquiring him and then - shockingly - actually playing him despite the fact he's only 18.

Spurs have beaten three Premier League teams to get to the League Cup semi-finals, overcoming Watford, West Ham United and Arsenal en-route. He also scored in the previous match on New Year's Day against Cardiff City after pouring in six goals in December.

"I saw my players in the dressing room after the match".

But Pochettino's critics often beat him with the stick that Spurs have yet to win silverware under his stewardship, and Sarri says the Argentine will be aware of the need to deliver trophies as it is a reality he also faces.

When asked about his tactical approach, Pochettino told Spurs TV: "It's not going to be the key, the tactics".

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"Loftus-Cheek of course is out now, we have to understand the situation with his back because in the last month he was in trouble".

"We don't know at the moment".

"It is like playing in the Champions League [to win] the League Cup, so here everything is really, really very hard".

He added: "The approach is always to play in the same way and try to win the game".

"This is the same".

Spurs haven't won a trophy since 2007/08 when they won this very competition - coincidently beating Chelsea 2-1 at Wembley - with goals from Dimitar Berbatov and Jonathan Woodgate enough to secure the win under Juande Ramos.

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