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Pochettino: FA Cup victory would not change Tottenham’s life

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Mauricio Pochettino says that an FA Cup triumph this season would not change Tottenham’s life, as he looked ahead to Saturday’s semi-final against Manchester United.

“It would be fantastic to win the FA Cup,” the Argentinian said.

“But is it going to change our life? I don’t believe so. Every one of the semi‑finalists will fight to win but it’s not about who needs the trophy more.”

Tottenham have lost their previous seven FA Cup semi-finals — the most recent being the one last season against Chelsea. That defeat still hurts Pochettino but he remains consumed by the pursuit of glory in the Premier League or Champions League.

“If we are capable to win the Premier League and the Champions League, it is a moment you say the team has improved and reached the next level,” Pochettino added. “ To win the FA Cup or the League Cup — it will be fantastic for the fans but it is not going to move the club to a different level.”

“That is my opinion. Some people respect it; some people don’t. I want to play to win the Premier League and Champions League. If we can win the FA Cup, then fantastic. But if you are going to change the vision or put the club in a different level, you must compete for and then win the Premier League and Champions League.”

“People in England love to talk about perception and the changing of perceptions. We had a good Champions League group stage this season — beating Dortmund and Real Madrid — and we competed very well against Juventus [in the last 16]. The dimension of the club around the world changes completely [because of that].”

Dele Alli brace secures first Spurs win at Stamford Bridge in 28 years

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Dele Alli scored a braced for Tottenham Hotspurs to helped his team rally from a goal down and win at Chelsea for the first time in 28 years.

While Alvaro Morata headed in Victor Moses’ cross to give the hosts the lead, Christian Eriksen hit a stunning equaliser on the stroke of half-time as his dipping effort from 25 yards caught out Blues keeper Willy Caballero and dropped just under the bar.

Alli then putt Tottenham ahead just after the hour mark when he produced a sublime first touch to bring Eric Dier’s long ball under control before slotting beyond Caballero.

The England midfielder was well-placed four minutes later to stab in following a goalmouth scramble to wrap up a win that moves fourth-placed Tottenham eight points clear of Chelsea, who are fifth.

Before the game, Spurs held a horrible record at Stamford Bridge in the league, losing 18 of their 27 games since a late Gary Lineker header secured a 2-1 win in February 1990.

Initially, it looked as if their miserable run would continue as, despite dominating possession, they fell behind to Alvaro Morata’s goal.

But Eriksen’s goal was all they needed to rally, and it was also the perfect response by Alli after a disappointing couple of weeks with England on international duty — after failing to make an impact in a 22-minute substitute appearance in the 1-0 win against the Netherlands and was then left on the bench for the 1-1 draw with Italy.

“I’m very, very pleased,” said Tottenham coach Mauricio Pochettino of his key midfielder. “It’s been a tough period for him, but for no doubt about his talent, his character. He’s a fighter; very competitive.”

“If he doesn’t play for the international team he needs to fight and win trust and confidence again. (But) In the end, he’s a great talent, only 21 years old, and sometimes we lose the focus on that.”

Harry Kane injury brings concerns to World Cup availability

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Tottenham striker Harry Kane could face a long period out of action and could miss the World Cup after sustaining in Spurs’ 4-1 victory over Bournemouth yesterday.

Kane, 24, was substituted just 35 minutes into the match after injuring his right ankle in a collision with home keeper Asmir Begovic, with the striker then leaving the field immediately and going straight down the tunnel.

The player had since received treatment but was unable to continue and will undergo a scan today to assess just how bad the damage is.

“I hope it is not a big issue,” said Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino. “We are concerned but need to wait.”

“We hope it is not a massive issue. We need to wait until [the scan]. Harry has a great character and is positive. We are, of course, disappointed with his problem but, if you are positive, you start the recovery now.”

“It’s the same ankle he suffered with before. He landed and twisted his ankle. He’s positive, he’s happy with the victory for the team.”

The Argentinian manager also declined to put a time limit on how long Kane will be absent, but it would concern both England and Tottenham given that the player missed 14 matches last season having hurt the same joint on two separate occasions.

But for Tottenham, they have another injury concern after Dele Alli sustained a groin strain, although Pochettino insisted that it was not a “big problem” but also admitted the player would have to be “managed” in the upcoming weeks.

With Tottenham having only 11 games left and England having two upcoming international friendlies, England coach Gareth Southgate would most likely feel concern that Kane would miss out on Russia 2018.

Quickfire Juventus double ends Spurs hope in Champions League

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Juventus produced two goals inside three second-half minutes to end any hope for Tottenham to progress in the Champions League by a 2-1 victory (4-3 on aggregate) in their last-16 match.

Spurs started with high-hopes nonetheless, with a goal following a scramble from Son Heung-Min strengthening the London club’s away goal advantage at Wembley.

They also saw both Son and Premier League top-striker Harry Kane wasting chances, while Juventus were denied a clear penalty when Douglas Costa was brought down by Jan Vertonghen.

But despite their control of proceedings, Sami Khedira’s flick was turned in through Gonzalo Higuain’s volley, giving Juventus a 64th-minute lifeline — which they capitalised on ruthlessly and Paulo Dybala raced clear for a decisive left-footed finish three minutes later.

It meant that Tottenham would get the undesirable record of being the third side out of 13 to have drawn 2-2 away from home in the first leg of the Champions League knockout stages to be eliminated — after Bayern Munich against AC Milan in 2007 and Porto against Manchester United in 2009.

Still, it gives testimony to Spurs’ ability as they scored 3 out of 4 goals Juventus conceded in 21 games, although the Italian champions were also unbeaten throughout the span of those games.

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino said he was “proud” of his side despite the end of his side’s European hopes.

“In less than three minutes we conceded two goals — two big mistakes — and that is why we are out,” he said. “In both legs we deserved more. We played fantastic football until that first goal and we dominated.”

“We are very disappointed, but it is part of growing. We will keep going.It was tough but very positive for the future. You need this type of game and experience to build you as a player to compete at this level.”

“They only came to our goal two or three times — not much — but they have quality so if you make a mistake they will score.”