Poch claims Chelsea are favourites ahead of FA Cup semi-final

Mauricio Pochettino

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has labelled Chelsea as favourites ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final.

In our last meeting with Chelsea, we came out on top courtesy of a 2-0 win at the Lane, but Pochettino has claimed that Antonio Conte’s side should be looked favourably upon for the clash at Wembley.

Tottenham last lifted the FA Cup in 1991 and in the 16 years since Chelsea have won 17 major trophies.

Pochettino said: “If there is one favourite it’s more Chelsea because they are on the top of the table in the Premier League and (with) the experienced players they have, and the manager that they have.

“We are talking of the team that maybe in the last five years has won European competitions, World Cups, a manager that won the league with Juventus in Italy.

“I think it’s a more experienced team than us. But we’re in a good moment too, a hungry team. To challenge now this type of club, of team, is a very important thing for Tottenham.”

“Now to win is more difficult,” Pochettino added. “You are competing with big clubs and big players.

“To reach that level that you challenge and you fight the likes of Chelsea, you compare the players and they have players that won World Cups.

“You compare that with our players. They have not won anything, maybe some players have some titles. But we are improving a lot.”

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