Tottenham go into the League Cup semi-final fixture tomorrow against Chelsea as favourites to make the final.
This may not surprise many, as The Lilywhites are in superb form currently (barring the loss to Wolves) and have already mauled Chelsea this season at Wembley in the Premier League.
However, Spurs enter every knockout game with the stigma of being ‘chokers’, and the previous few seasons, particularly in the FA Cup, have not helped the club try and expunge that reputation. Therefore, while they carry a great attitude, skill set and form into their first-leg fixture, they also carry a huge amount of historical baggage.
Tottenham have proven that they can beat Chelsea this season, indeed they have proven that they can go to some of the toughest places in Europe and get a result. But as they now reach the final stages of the League Cup, they must battle their demons as well.
To make matters worse, there is additional pressure on the club going into this match. With the future of manager Mauricio Pochettino in constant doubt, another semi-final loss could be the final nail in the coffin in his Tottenham career. After crashing out in the semi-final in the FA Cup in the past two seasons, as well as a disappointing loss to Juventus in the Champions League last year, he may get the feeling that this is as far as he can go with The Lilywhites.
Spurs have not been the greatest handlers of pressure in the past, but they must address that problem tomorrow, or the consequences could be devastating.
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