Momentum with Spurs for FA Cup semifinal showdown vs Chelsea

Mauricio Pochettino insists this season will have been a success for Tottenham regardless of whether they end it by winning a trophy. The north London club are now second in the table, only four points adrift of Chelsea and are gunning for their first title in over 50 years.

They are also in contention to win the FA Cup and face Chelsea at Wembley in the semifinal this weekend.

"It may be great or bad, although I expect it's an excellent one for us, but it's a fact that they are up there for several years now and we're there at the very best of the league". However, Pochettino has claimed that they are aiming for bigger things and finishing above the Gunners isn't top of their priority list.

Asked whether success could only be measured in terms of trophies, Pochettino offered an interesting perspective in the build-up to Saturday's Wembley showdown. They also dominated Arsenal, who are in a considerable bad run, two months ago. I love that team. Yes, you can win titles - but with which teams? "We are ahead of our project". "They are full of great players", he said.

Both Harry Winks and Erik Lamela are out for the remainder of the season, with the latter's hip ailment a constant cause for concern among the Spurs fans.

"Chelsea won't crumble, they have too many good players".

Pochettino must decide this weekend whether to play Son Heung-min, who has scored eight goals in six games, from the start or revert to the 3-4-3 formation that proved so effective in their victory against Chelsea in January. Our challenge is to try to win and go to the final, then again focus on Crystal Palace and game by game. We have improved - that is a reality.

And Chelsea midfielder Matic feels they have been the most hard opponents of the campaign.

As aforementioned, Chelsea's form coming into this one is a little ropy. We have six games left and five we have to win if we want to be champions. "We have had a very good relationship since".

"It's so amusing. When the starting XI appeared, I heard a lot to criticise Mourinho for the team he picked. We will do everything we can to make it happen this season", Alderweireld told Standard Sport.

"I think if there is one favourite it's Chelsea because they are top of the table, because of the experienced players and the manager that they have", Pochettino said.

"I would like to say, having worked with him, what a fantastic player he is and what a career he has had".

  • Julie Sanders