Tottenham Hotspur host Leicester City in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Saturday.
After managing to win the first leg of the Capital One Cup semi-final, courtesy a second half Andros Townsend penalty, Tottenham Hotspur will now be hoping to progress to the next round of the FA Cup as they host Leicester City at the White Hart Lane on Saturday.
Leicester City come into the game on the back of defeat at home to Stoke last weekend and have picked up just seven points out of the last six league games, only scoring five goals in the process. The away side however, will be hoping to knockout Tottenham and progress to the next round of the FA Cup.
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino spoke about his opponents insisting that he expects a tough game from Leicester despite their league form.
He said, “We always expect tough games and it’s another Premier League team.
“Leicester have good players and for us it was difficult against them [at Christmas]. It’s an important competition for us and we expect a very tough game again.
“Am I surprised that they’ve been struggling in the league? No not surprised, because all the teams in the Premier League have quality and good players. It’s the toughest competition in the world.
“We need to be focused on the game and we need to be ready. It’s a good game to show character and to try to get the victory because it’s important to go through to the next round in the FA Cup.”
Tottenham will be playing their 37th match of the season on Saturday and Pochettino might decide to rotate the squad for tomorrow’s home fixture.
“Maybe [there will be changes],” he said. “We analyse a lot of things from our players and the games and maybe it’s a moment to rotate some players, but I still haven’t decided which players.
“Maybe there won’t be a lot [of changes] for this game but we need to keep fighting in the four competitions. You can see that we have ahead a very busy period, a lot of games.
“Tomorrow will be the 37th official game – that’s nearly one season – and so we need to keep all of our players in a good condition to fight in the four competitions.”
Tottenham Hotspur suffered from lack of pace in their mid-week Capital One Cup game against League 1 opponents Sheffield United. Tottenham were unable to create enough chances and failed to score from open play. The only goal of the game came off an Andros Townsend penalty.
On Saturday, Tottenham will be hoping to play high tempo football against Leicester City and will be hoping to make it to the fifth round of the FA Cup.