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Carabao Cup tie isn't over yet, says Pochettino

Tottenham hold a narrow advantage over Chelsea following Tuesday's Semi-Final first leg

8 January 2019

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino says his players can't afford to think about the Carabao Cup Final yet, despite winning the first leg of Tuesday's Semi-Final against Chelsea.

Spurs will take a 1-0 lead to Stamford Bridge following Harry Kane's first-half penalty at Wembley, where Chelsea had several good chances to score goals of their own.

Speaking in his post-match press conference, Pochettino says there is still plenty of work to be done by his players in order to see the Blues off for good.

“It’s only half-time; we need to wait and show we’re capable of winning there and reaching the Final," he told reporters.

"The season we’re having is fantastic but the effort is also amazing. For me, I need to say thank you to the players for how they fought and competed. I’m really proud about the players we have.

"We have to give credit to Chelsea. We’re talking about unbelievable players who, when they need to push and give extra, they do. We need to see that we were playing one of the best teams of the last five or ten years, they’ve won a lot of titles in that time.

"We were competing from the beginning and need to feel very happy, we competed with one of the best teams in England. To win this type of game is a great experience for us; we know it’s a small advantage though, and need to be more competitive in the second leg."

Pochettino stuck with goalkeepr Paulo Gazzaniga, who has featured for Spurs throughout this season's competition, and praised the performance of the shot-stopper.

"Today, Paulo was Man of the March with Harry Kane, who scored the goal of course," he added.

"We have one of the best keepers in the world in [Hugo] Lloris, [Michel] Vorm who can play in any team in the Premier League and also Paulo, and I’m so pleased we have this type of player with us."

The finely poised second leg will take place on Thursday 24 January, with kick-off scheduled for 7:45pm.

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