Sergio Reguilon has claimed that the Tottenham players are even keener to end the club’s trophy drought and win silverware than the club’s supporters.
Tottenham take on Stoke City in the quarter-final of the Carabao Cup this evening, which arguably represents the best chance Jose Mourinho’s men have of lifting a trophy this season.
The Carabao Cup was the last piece of silverware the club lifted all the way back in 2008 and Reguilon claimed that he was quickly made aware on social media about the importance of adding to the club’s trophy cabinet.
The left-back told The Evening Standard: “I am very much aware of it. You are aware of stuff on social media and how the fans are really keen to win a trophy.
“But believe me, if the fans are keen to win a trophy, we have even more desire as players and as a squad.”
A mid-week away trip to Stoke in the middle of winter has come to be known as the stereotypical tough away encounter in England over the last decade.
Although the Potters are currently in the Championship, Reguilon admitted that he is aware of the challenges that one is likely to encounter at the bet365 stadium.
When asked about the trip to Stoke, he responded: “From watching Premier League, I’m aware of their reputation and know what it is supposed to be like to play there from watching their games. That, and playing against them on FIFA!
“I’m the sort of player who is ready for every game I am selected for. I’m a very competitive guy and I’m a very competitive player as well.
“If the manager decides that he wants to use me in this match I will be ready just like every other game. I will jump for every aerial challenge and run to make every tackle and fight for every ball.
“Yes, I will be ready if selected. We are a strong outfit both physically and mentally as well. The thing about English football is that every game you play is a tough encounter. Obviously, some teams are stronger than others, some line-ups.
“But it is all about Tottenham going into it with the right attitude and concentrating for the whole 90 minutes. If we do that with our quality of players – and that tough mental attitude that we have – we have got a good chance of getting through in those matches.”
The state of the away changing room at Stoke has been a major talking point recently, but the Spaniard insisted that the facilities will not make any difference to him or his side.
Reguilon said: “I’ve got to be honest, I have not seen any pictures of the changing facilities at Stoke or the dressing rooms there – not at all.
“But the main thing about football is that if the pitch is fine, it does not matter if you are in top-notch luxury dressing rooms or average ones. What happens out on the field is what matters. The state of the dressing room will be put to one side once we cross that white line.”
The former Real Madrid defender also refused to choose between finishing in the top four this season and winning silverware, insisting the players will try to do both.
He added: “Top four or a trophy? It’s a tough decision, but why put yourself in a position where you have to choose one or the other?
“We want to do both – qualify for the Champions League and win a trophy.
“We have got enough experience in our dressing room with plenty of Premier League games under our belts to know that some games, you just can’t win them. Other games you do.
“That is just part and parcel of our weekly life in the Premier League. We are trying in all competitions, the league and the cups as well.”
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It does not sound like a cold, wet, windy, Wednesday night at Stoke is going to be as much of a shock for Reguilon as it is for some others who arrive in the Premier League. Either way, I do not expect the Spaniard to start this evening as I believe Mourinho will give Ben Davies the nod.
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