Tottenham Hotspur will be looking to put their Burnley defeat behind them tomorrow night as they take on Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
Spurs currently sit six points behind the Premier League leaders Liverpool, but will also want to ensure they keep a gap between themselves and the pack chasing for top four.
Chelsea also come into the game in difficult circumstances, after losing the Carabao Cup final to Man City on Sunday.
The Blues were actually the better side across the 120 minutes, but that didn’t matter when it came down to the penalty shootout.
After a strange altercation between goalkeeper Kepa and Maurizio Sarri, in which the keeper refused to be subbed, Chelsea lost the shootout.
This means that Chelsea come into the Spurs game with 120 minutes in their legs, and the defeat weighing heavy mentally.
Pochettino insists that he does not get joy from opponents dropping points, and the only way for him to feel positive again is with a performance from his players.
He said (Football London): “To be positive I need to see the reaction of my players tomorrow. Only I am capable of being happy if we beat Chelsea tomorrow because I still feel pain from the defeat against Burnley, it’s impossible to put out that feeling. Only you can change the emotion and feeling if you are capable tomorrow of showing everyone that it was an accident and we are capable of being Chelsea. It’s going to be tough of course. It’s going to be difficult because Chelsea are a great team with great players. Of course it’s always tough to play at Stamford Bridge but we need to try in a different way to how we tried at Burnley. I think what disappointed the most is that it was so easy for Burnley to beat us. That is painful because we knew it would be a difficult game. I not only told you but everyone that I was worried about translating to the players that it was going to be a game that you need to match the aggression and the way that they fight, but we didn’t match them in this aspect and that is why we lost the game and that is painful.”
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