Tottenham Hotspurs lost the Capital One Cup finals to the reigning English Premier League champions Chelsea in March. The Spurs side are looking forward to pull off an emphatic win over arch-rivals Arsenal in the North London derby on Wednesday at White Hart Lane.
Spurs coach Mauricio Pochettino made his guys watch Chelsea players hoisting the trophy at Wembley.
“It is important to show respect,” Pochettino said. “But it is also important, after you lose, to stay and see the trophy that you had the possibility to win. This is a feeling that you don’t want to repeat. You can always learn from defeat. This was a good lesson for us.”
Now, the coach wants his men to apply the lesson and the spirit in the third-round encounter against the Gunners. Harry Kane’s double lifted the Spurs in the previous home match against their neighbors to win 2-1. Pochettino’s men recently generated momentum by registering back-to-back wins over Crystal Palace and Sunderland.
“This means more than going into the next round of the Capital One Cup, or three points in the league – it has a massive effect,” Pochettino said. “It is the derby. It was important to win this game last season – for the players and for the belief in the philosophy. And it’s very important to win it again. You beat Arsenal and it’s a big impact.”
Pochettino’s counterpart at Arsenal, Arsene Wenger, will be trying to galvanize his side to the victory lane after suffering a 0-2 defeat at Chelsea. Santi Cazorla has been suspended after receiving the marching order and and after Francis Quokelin sustained an injury.
“Every single game that you play you want to win but especially this one,” Wenger said. “It is a bit more special because it’s always a big meaning. We want to get back into winning habits and that’s why the momentum is even more important for us.”