Pochettino ‘knows team selection’


The big question ahead of the Capital One Cup final is whether Hugo Lloris or Michel Vorm will start in goal for Tottenham – a decision head coach Mauricio Pochettino suggests he has already made.

The north Londoners have the chance to end a seven-year wait for silverware on Sunday when they take on Chelsea at Wembley.

Spurs’ strength in depth means Pochettino has some tough choices to make but none bigger than whether to stick with understudy Vorm.

The Dutch goalkeeper played in all five Capital One Cup matches en route to the final but undisputed number one Lloris has, unsurprisingly, said he would like to figure.

The France goalkeeper would likely captain the side should he play, given Younes Kaboul and Emmanuel Adebayor are expected to miss out on a starting line-up Pochettino has already planned.

“I think that my decision I have (made),” the Argentinian said. “I have an idea about the team for Sunday.

“I need to analyse after this game the selection for the starting 11 for Sunday.”

That match on Thursday saw Spurs fall to a 2-0 defeat at Fiorentina, where, much like the first leg, a bright start petered out.

It meant Pochettino’s men bowed out of the Europa League at the last-32 juncture after losing 3-1 on aggregate – a result they have to quickly put behind them.

Sunday’s final looms large and, in a bid to aid their chances at Wembley, the squad have stayed on in Italy instead of heading back to London as they normally do after European matches.

Instead, Tottenham are training at Coverciano – Italy’s equivalent to St George’s Park – before flying back on Friday afternoon.

“We only have three days to prepare for the final but we don’t need too much,” Pochettino said.

“It is only small, tactical details because it is Chelsea. We know Chelsea and Chelsea know us.

“It is about our performance, it is a final and it is about winning not about playing good. It is important to get the trophy.”

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