Harry Kane

Chelsea get ‘huge’ for Spurs, says Pochettino

Tottenham supervisor Mauricio Pochettino talked up the importance of his side’s 1-0 make an impression on Chelsea in the EFL Cup semi-final first leg on Tuesday.

Harry Kane’s first-half penalty at Wembley was enough for Spurs to have a narrow advantage halfway through the tie.

As Pochettino eye his initial trophy at the helm, he felt the first-leg win was an excellent step for his group.

“I think we were extremely competitive. I am so delighted. We played against among the best groups in England, of course, and in European countries, a team which has been building to earn titles,” he informed a news conference.

“They possess unbelievable players. I believe to win this kind of game can be an amazing, huge knowledge for all of us, to become more mature. Of course, it’s only half-period, it’s a small benefit, 1-0, but we have to end up being competitive in the next leg.

“Of course, provide credit to Chelsea. Because in the second fifty percent they pushed a whole lot and produced us play a bit deeper.

“But of training course, I’m happy because we had been competitive and in the long run, we won the overall game.”

Kane dispatched a spot-kick for his 20th objective of the growing season, the penalty awarded by making use of the video associate referee (VAR).

Pochettino, who has questioned the usage of the VAR, praised Kane’s capability from the penalty place.

“He was very relaxed, relaxed, quality and provides confidence in himself. That is the thing you need,” he said.

“That’s his talent of a program. Not merely his practice, his skill as well.”

Spurs are next doing his thing in the home to Manchester United on Sunday, with the next leg of the EFL Glass semi-final on January 24.

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