Mauricio Pochettino
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 19: Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur reacts during the Carabao Cup Quarter Final match between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur at Emirates Stadium on December 19, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino insists his team’s midweek game against Chelsea will not be an excuse when they face Manchester United on Sunday.

Spurs defeated Chelsea 1-0 on Tuesday in the semi-final first leg Carabao Cup, while United were in Dubai for warm weather training all week, and Pochettino insists it won’t have an effect on the titanic tussle at Wembley.

“The team is in very good form. Of course to win five games always builds confidence – your self-belief, your ego is high,” he said about United, according to Daily Mail.

“They had the whole week to prepare in Dubai in a very good atmosphere and we had the semi-final against Chelsea, but that is not an excuse to say we’re not going to compete.”

“We are going to compete in our best way. I am completely sure it will be tough, but we must assess today Manchester United.”

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“When we played there it was 3-0 for us, but in the first half it should have been 3-0 to Manchester United. You remember I was so disappointed.”

“The club have unbelievable players, structure and history in winning titles.”

“Of course it’s going to be competitive and I’m going to try to enjoy the game, because football for me is not a drama.”

“It’s on Sunday to enjoy a very nice moment and game between two teams who try to play very good football.”

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