Poch: Spurs won’t use injuries as an excuse against Chelsea

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy


Tottenham Hotspur have had more than their fair share of injuries this season and could book their place in a cup final if they can overcome Chelsea this evening.

Spurs make the short trip across London without three key attacking players in Harry Kane, Heung-min Son and Dele Alli.

While Spurs have a 1-0 advantage in the tie thanks to Harry Kane’s penalty in the first leg, Chelsea are the bookies’ favourites for the game mainly down to Tottenham’s injury issues.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has however insisted that Spurs will approach the game by trying to win it and if they fail to get into the cup final, then they won’t be using the injuries as an excuse.

Speaking in the pre-match press conference, Pochettino told Football.London: “We are going to be there trying to win the game, but we cannot, winning or losing, say that we don’t have enough squad to be involved or to arrive at the end of the season fighting in four competitions. That is football. It is circumstance.”

“You can win with one or another names and lose with one or another names. I don’t want to put up an excuse. We need to go there and be brave and try to win. If we win we are going to say well done, if not we will congratulate the opponent and keep going because I think this season so far has been a fantastic season.”

Despite the bad news regarding Kane and Alli, Spurs do have good news on the injury front as Lucas Moura and Mousa Sissoko are both back from injuries and available for selection.

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