Mauricio Pochettino Eyeing Home Wembley Comforts For Spurs Against Chelsea

Antonio Conte has hit back at suggestions that Chelsea's Premier League title bid will be harmed if they lose to Tottenham in the FA Cup on Saturday.

Liverpool's Sadio Mane been named in the PFA Team of the Year, as announced on Liverpoolfc.com, posing as recognition of his outstanding campaign since arriving on Merseyside last summer. And this week skipper Gary Cahill went down with a bout of gastro-enteritis that saw him briefly hospitalised and ruled out of tonight's game. But we are ready.

Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte is scheduled to speak at a pre-match media conference at 1415 BST on Friday afternoon, where he will be questioned about Cahill's condition.

"They are great games because you are nearly in the final but you just need to take one more step to get there before you can have the possibility to win a trophy".

It is nine years since Tottenham won the League Cup for their last major trophy, while its wait to be crowned English champion stretches back to 1961. There is something magical about taking a group of footballers who are not challenging for the top honours and then working so hard with them that they turn into challengers.

"I believe in the future Tottenham will remain to fight every match for the title, they're filled with great players, powerful players". "If you don't want to play for Spurs at the moment you are a mug because it's so exciting, the team is exciting the facilities are second to none".

"I think Tottenham must finish [talking about being the] underdog".

Conte has a few options to replace Cahill.

"Wembley is a massive stadium to play at - it's one of the best in the world and this stadium is all about the big games - and we need to shine when we come to play here".

"We have to be compact, help each other, live with joy in this moment". Last season we finished with 70. "I prefer to have this pressure instead of fighting for sixth, seventh, or eighth place".

Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois missed the United clash with an ankle injury but has trained this week and is available again.

  • Julie Sanders