Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Ellis Neal

Tottenham close to ending trophy drought, says Alderweireld

With Chelsea losing to Man Utd on the weekend - their second loss in the last four league games - a defeat against Spurs, albeit in the FA Cup, could create a crack in the armour wide enough for this rampant Spurs side to score a fatal wound. He did it on his arrival at the Bridge when he transformed last season's de-motivated losers into determined winners. Dele Alli's red card of course had an impact in that match and even Harry Kane, who's better known for his exploits at the correct end of the field, managed to score an own goal.

Pochettino says his young team has learned lessons in the months since and called on his players to demonstrate their progression by seizing the moment at Wembley. In 30 games this season he has bagged 14 goals and provided five assists and if Chelsea do go on to win the league, Hazard will have been one of the main contributors.

"When you fight the likes of Chelsea, you compare the players and they have players that won World Cups".

"I think it's a more experienced team than us".

Finally, there were some other outstanding players missing, perhaps for more prosaic reasons...

"With this team, and with the people working for it, we will get a trophy - 100 per cent".

"To challenge this type of club is a very important thing for Tottenham". Tottenham did the same in beating Chelsea 2-0 at White Hart Lane in the league in January.

The former Fiorentina defender will be hoping to return to the Chelsea side for their clash against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley on Saturday evening.

That summer, thanks to the lure of Champions League football, Chelsea snatched Tottenham transfer target Eden Hazard. You can guarantee the Chilean will step up to the plate, but the German often goes missing in these big games.

It is probably not a huge surprise to see the vast majority of the line-up coming from the current top two in the standings with so many in the Chelsea and Tottenham ranks enjoying outstanding campaigns.

The last of Chelsea's seven FA Cup triumphs came in 2012 when they also met Tottenham in the semi-final.

A Wembley win would be a welcome tonic for Wenger, but he insists Cup glory won't factor into the decision on his future. I know John very well as a player and a person and I would be more than happy to speak to him. "My future is Sunday", he said.

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