Chelsea still favourites for Cup semi-final - Pochettino
Chelsea are favourites to win this weekend's FA Cup semi-final despite their recent stutter and Tottenham Hotspur's irresistible form, Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino insists. I think it's a more experienced team than us. But it's not an easy task.
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While Pochettino is clearly keen to downplay expectations and turn up the heat on Antonio Conte and his players, the Argentinian is nonetheless confident in his own side and believes they can be one of the last two teams standing in the cup. But they look the real deal under Mauricio Pochettino, and just need a piece of silverware to mark their ascent toward the summit of the English game.
'Now is the moment to translate those statistics and that feeling and show if you've grown up and learned or if you are very close to winning the league or the FA Cup. They were disappointed after Watford, but we spoke about how we can do better and the last couple of days have been very positive. When you compare the players who have won trophies, Chelsea have players who won the World Cup.
The Swans have been linked with the former England star after he announced he would be leaving Chelsea in the summer, although West Brom are rumoured to be favourites to sign him. Our players have won nothing. Now to win will be more hard because you're competing with big clubs, big players. Or maybe some titles but that is about to improve. It means something important is growing here. We need to use what happened in the past and try to do better. That feeling is good, I like it. We are in a completely different project and it makes us proud'.
Chelsea's Gary Cahill was first out of the blocks as he desperately tried to play down the significance in the longer term of facing their fast-finishing rivals in the top flight.
They returned in the Europa League but were beaten by Gent, drawing in the second leg at Wembley.
"I would like to say, having worked with him, what a fantastic player he is and what a career he has had". This is a good opportunity. It came in a period when we struggled a little bit and you can see what Monaco have done since. "He's okay, he's doing well, he's still not with the group but he's at a very good level".