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Marcus Newton
January 9, 2019

Spurs ended Chelsea's unbeaten start to the season under Sarri with an emphatic 3-1 victory at Wembley in November, and the Italian revealed his players' reaction to the loss brought the fierce nature of the rivalry between the two clubs home to him.

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

Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea have warned their supporters to behave during Tuesday's (Jan 8) League Cup semi-final first leg at Wembley after recent incidents of discriminatory behaviour.

"Pochettino has never won a trophy so it's massive for Spurs, far more important than it is for Chelsea".

"As I explained for different players, it's not only in our hands, it's what the player wants".

"I think both will go after the game and field full-strength sides", Nicholas told Sky Sports.

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When it was suggested that he is in a similar situation at Chelsea, Sarri added: "I think it is the same, [but] of course Pochettino is in Tottenham from four years ago and I am here from six months [ago]".

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino does not expect the club "are going to do anything" during the January transfer window. I realised that the match against Tottenham is a very important match for the club, the fans and the players. City play Burton in the second semi-final.

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

Pochettino continued to discuss the importance of the fixture and how it is just as worthy as any games Spurs play in the Premier League, Champions League or FA Cup.

"Here (in England) everything is really, really very hard".

The victor across the two legs will face either Manchester City or League One surprise package Burton Albion in the final. "The level of the opponent is really high".

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