Spurs, Chelsea issue warning to fans ahead of League Cup clash

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Chelsea conceded twice in the opening 16 minutes as Spurs inflicted Sarri's first competitive defeat, ending an 18-match unbeaten run.

But Pochettino's critics often beat him with the stick that Spurs have yet to win silverware under his stewardship, and Sarri says the Argentine will be aware of the need to deliver trophies as it is a reality he also faces.

"I think it was important for him and for the team an important victory and to get to the next stage of the FA Cup".

"I saw my players in the dressing room after the match. Now I think I know everything, so I think I will be ready and I hope the same for my players".

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino does not expect the club "are going to do anything" during the January transfer window.

"But with Heung-Min Son, Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen and Harry Kane, Tottenham will score and I'm backing them to edge this first leg".

"So, of course, now, for me, this match is more important".

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The Italian, who is 60 this week, pointed to Pochettino having been at Tottenham since May 2014 and agreed that the Argentine needs to win a trophy to prove his managerial pedigree. It was really very hard in the first season also for [Manchester City manager Pep] Guardiola, so here it is really very difficult to build up a very good team.

Chelsea will be aiming to grab the early advantage in their Carabao Cup semi-final tie against Tottenham when the two sides meet at Wembley on Tuesday night.

Meanwhile the Blues have defeated Liverpool at Anfield, a tough Derby County side and AFC Bournemouth to reach the final four.

The victor across the two legs will face either Manchester City or League One surprise package Burton Albion in the final.

"It is like playing in the Champions League [to win] the League Cup, so here everything is really, really very hard".

"Here (in England) everything is really, really very hard. The level of the opponent is really high".

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