Pochettino asked whether he will set up defensively against Chelsea

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur take on Chelsea in the second leg of their Carabao Cup semi final this evening, with both clubs bidding to book their place in the final against Man City.

Spurs enter the fixture at Stamford Bridge 1-0 up on aggregate, but that is a lead that could quickly vanish if the team don’t play their cards right.

With attacking injuries to the likes of Dele Alli and Harry Kane, as well as the absence of Heung Min Son, Pochettino may be tempted to set up defensively and hold the advantage he has.

However, Moussa Sissoko and Lucas Moura may return to the squad, and the likes of Fernando Llorente, Kazaiah Sterling, and Troy Parrott are all options in an attacking sense.

Defending a lead from the outset can often be a dangerous game, as it’s hard to change tactics seamlessly if Chelsea did grab a goal.

Poch was asked in his presser whether he would go defensive, to which he replied (Football London): “Look, more defensive or offensive you never know. It’s not because you have three strikers you will be more offensive or that you play with one striker you will be defensive. It is a bit of a myth about that. It’s the attitude with how you are going to approach the game, the animation of the game. We are going to try to develop or play in way that we will fill comfortable and with the objective that we are going to win and go to the final. Of course we have today to think a little bit, because we are going to play Sunday after, Wednesday and Sunday again. It’s going to be tough and we need to manage our players but we are going to find the best way to try to play and the most important thing is to try to take the right decision and try to be right. Always it’s difficult but we have all of the tools to perform in the best way.”

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