Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea: Carabao Cup semi-final

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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.

Spurs go into the two-legged tie as slight favourites, sitting four points ahead of Chelsea in the Premier League and having run out comprehensive 3-1 winners of this season's first meeting between the clubs at Wembley in November. "I think he played really well in the last match".

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has insisted his tactics against Chelsea won't be the key element in their League Cup match on Tuesday.

"Getting close to him is halfway to stopping Chelsea, though I do not think they're in great shape at the moment".

Sarri also highlighted the time it has taken Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp and Manchester City's Pep Guardiola to develop successful teams, adding: "To build up a very important team you need time".

While the Italian has outlined the significance of the rivalry heading into tonight's match, Nicholas believes there is more on the line for Spurs. "They were destroyed, so I realised that the match against Tottenham is a very important match for the club, the fans and the players as well".

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"I think that here in the first season it is really very hard for everybody - Pochettino, four years [without a trophy], for Klopp, four years [without winning anything]".

"Here everything is really very hard".

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

The victor across the two legs will face either Manchester City or League One surprise package Burton Albion in the final. "The level of opponent is a really high level".

Marco van Ginkel (knee) and Ruben Loftus-Cheek (back) will certainly miss out, while Cesc Fabregas (cramp) and Mateo Kovacic (illness) are doubtful.

Stamford Bridge will host the game on Thursday, January 24 with kick-off at 7.45pm.

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