Chelsea are semi final favourites, says Spurs boss Pochettino

By Times reporter in Football

MAURICIO Pochettino reckons Chelsea are the favourites going into Saturday’s FA Cup semi final showdown at Wembley - but has warned the west Londoners his side are brimming with confidence as they gear up for the clash.

He said: "We are playing one of the best teams in Europe and their manager has won lots of things in the last five years and I think they are the favourites. They are a more experienced team than us.

"To beat Tottenham is a big, big challenge for everyone and that is a very good thing for us. It means something important is going on here. That’s a good feeling.

"What happened last season makes us stronger. We need to use what happened in the past and try to do better. It is a big thing that people put Tottenham at the same level as Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool and Arsenal.

"We have got good momentum and we need to keep it going. We are going well and we will try to get to the final. We are improving a lot. We have the facility to challenge and now it is up to us to try to step up and make this dream a reality."

Spurs, who are coming into the tie off the back of two emphatic 4-0 wins against Watford and Bournemouth, have no fresh injuries worries - although the game comes too soon for left back Danny Rose, who is making rapid recovery following his knee injury earlier this season.

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