Tottenham go into the Capital One Cup final against Chelsea knowing they can beat the Premier League leaders, having turned them over 5-3 on New Year’s Day.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side have come on a lot this season and look to be a team on the rise but they need to be aware that on their day, the Chelsea side they are facing is possibly the best in the country.
Turnstyle+ spoke to award winning blogger Addicted To Spurs to gage the mood in the Tottenham camp and find out whether another shock is on the cards.
Does Tottenham’s form going into the match inspire confidence or fear?
I think we go into the match confident. Despite losing to Liverpool and drawing to West Ham, we still look threatening in front of goal and have shown the energy and intensity in midfield that shows promise. Going into a Cup Final we have reason to be confident, beating Chelsea 5-3 sparks the most confidence amongst the fans, it is within us to beat Chelsea, and hopefully we can showcase that sort of performance on an even bigger stage!
Who is Tottenham’s key man to watch out for?
There’s one man who the cameras will be focusing on more than any other! Harry Kane, without doubt, will be expected to perform once again and put on the sort of display he did against Chelsea in the 5-3 win, and how he has been playing all season. His strength, energy and clinical edge makes him Tottenham’s biggest threat, but also our biggest hope of dismantling Chelsea. I’m sure scoring at Wembley will be a familiar feeling for Harry Kane in the future, and hopefully he can have his name up in lights at the home of football on Sunday.
And who worries you in the Chelsea team?
Chelsea have many threats, that’s for sure. On the big stage, you would imagine that their best players would step up to the mark. Diego Costa has an extreme goal threat, and his brute strength and aggression is something that can really be effective in the big games, but hopefully the occasion gets the better of him and his aggression boils over! As well as Costa, it’s Eden Hazard that takes the mantle of biggest threat, he can breeze past players and is so effective in the final third with goals and assists. We will have to be at our very best to contend with these fantastic players.
Where will the game be won and lost?
I think the game will be won on how effective and clinical each side will be in attack. A battle between Kane and Costa on who can steal the show, making themselves a nuisance for the opposition’s defences. Other than the battle between Kane and Costa; the game can be affected on how dominant each midfield will be. If Bentaleb and Mason can show the energy and intensity that they can, they could very well overpower the Chelsea midfield who will miss the power and composure of Nemanja Matic. Hopefully these individual battles can be won, as that will certainly impact the overall outcome of the contest.
How will Tottenham line up?
I think most Spurs fans will share the same opinion on how the side should line up. With no injuries at the moment, consistency in the side has been great. This is the line up I would like to see: Lloris; Walker, Dier, Vertonghen, Rose; Bentaleb, Mason; Lamela, Eriksen, Chadli; Kane. I think that line up could really be our best chance of beating a great Chelsea side.
Finally, what is your prediction for the game?
Of course a Tottenham win! It certainly won’t be a repeat of the 5-3, I think it will be much tighter and will be decided on the smallest of factors, possibly even one mistake. Hopefully, it’s Chelsea who make that mistake, and Tottenham come out victorious. I’m going 3-2 to Spurs, possibly after extra time.