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Tottenham defeated Chelsea 1-0 in the first leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final clash between the two sides at Wembley.

Mauricio Pochettino head into this game without some of his key players due to injury, and won’t be able to call on Dele Alli and star striker Harry Kane.

Spurs will also be without South Korean forward Son Heung-min, who is away on Asian Cup duty.

Despite the shortage of key players, Pochettino is optimistic that his side can defeat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Thursday night.

“I am so optimistic,” Pochettino was quoted as saying in the Daily Mirror. “We are going to prepare for Chelsea, try to find solutions. Try to be solid, aggressive, offensive and keep our identity.

“Of course it’s going to be tough. I don’t say we’re going to win easily on Thursday. But we are going to try.

“That is the most important thing and I know that afterwards, I will be happy because the squad we have is going to give their best to be in the final.”

Chelsea confirmed the signing of Gonzalo Higuain on Wednesday evening, but the 31-year-old striker won’t be available to play the London derby match tonight.

Pochettino was hoping his side will be up against the 31-year-old but expects a tough test regardless of who features in attack for the Blues.

“I don’t know what is going on but if he arrived in time to play, it’s going to be nice to see him,” he said.

“Gonzalo is a top player like [Alvaro] Morata, or [Olivier] Giroud. For me, one or another that is going to play against us, it’s going to be tough because we are playing a very good team in Chelsea.”

The Spurs boss was also asked his opinion about Sarri’s criticism of his players after the loss to Arsenal last weekend.

Pochettino failed to judge the actions of Sarri and insisted it wasn’t his business.

Speaking ahead of the game, the Spurs boss told a news conference: “I cannot judge the words of a different manager. It’s his business and Chelsea’s business.

“We are talking about one subject. Every manager can have their opinion and it’s not my job to judge. What they are doing at a different club is their business and you need to respect that. It’s like here. For many people that don’t have the real situation that happens inside, [they] can talk.”

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