With Pochettino's side facing Leicester City in both the League Cup and Premier League in a matter of days, we spoke to Foxes fan Stevie King to find out his pre-match(es) thoughts.
How are you feeling ahead of the game?
I'm feeling quietly confident, despite people saying that the Leicester bubble has burst due to us not scoring in the last 3 games, I'm hoping Claudio will give the younger lads in the squad a chance, especially those that have not featured consistently in the team over the last few months & those that have returned from loan spells away. I'm hoping they get a chance to start and rise to the occasion & show their hunger to be in the team.
What have you made of Leicester's season so far?
There's only one word for it, UNBELIEVABLE. We showed great form towards the end of last season but I don't think any Leicester fan could say 100% confidently that they thought we would carry on as we ended last season, especially with the changes that were made with the manager. Myself, personally, was a little bit skeptical of Ranieri's appointment & was dreaming of the fairy tale of Martin O'Neil returning. However, I would not change a thing now. What a fantastic job he has done so far. He's exceeded everyone's expectation, none more so than Gary Lineker! He's built on the foundations that he inherited & has created a fantastic team spirit, work ethic & style of play throughout the whole squad.
Where do you think the key battles will take place on the pitch?
I think its going to be all about the midfield. This seasons two outstanding midfield performers have got to be N'golo Kanté & Dele Alli. Surely two of the best value for money buys of the last 12 months. With Kanté's defensive qualities & Alli's attacking & goal scoring, it makes for a great match up. I just hope we get the chance to see it although thinking about the league, Kanté could probably be due a little rest.
Who should Spurs be wary of? (Aside from the potentially obvious threats)
With Vardy being side-lined with his groin operation, I'm hoping we get to see Andrej Kramaric come & really fight for his place in the team. He has been rather unfortunate to come up against Vardy this season who has been in blistering form & kept him out of the team. This could be his chance on the big stage to show what he can do after his relatively big money move last year. To be fair I'm hoping that all of our young promising talent is given the chance to show what they can do. On their day they can all be a massive threat. I would also love to see Demarai Gray handed his debut. He looks to be a promising young player that is perfectly suited to our fast, counter attacking style of football. A great 1st buy of this transfer window.
What do you think the score will be in both ties?
I'm going for a 1-1 draw in the FA Cup & a Leicester 2-1 win in the Premier League three days later (Although my many friends that are Spurs fans will be laughing incredibly hard at these predications).
Considering Leicester's incredible start to the season, would you prefer Ranieri to focus on the league and play a weakened side in Sunday's tie?
I think our main goal this season has got to be the league. I'd be happy to see our fringe players given their chance in the team during the FA Cup and see how far they can go. It’s not every season you get over halfway & are only 2 points behind top spot. This should be our main area of focus. We have every chance in the world to be contending for the title in 15/16 games time & we should definitely be in with a shout of remaining in the top 4 depending on a few factors. We need to strengthen the squad in January with the right personalities, keep key members of the team fit & play with the same intensity & energy that we have done so far this season. My pre-season bet on us to finish in the top four is looking good at the minute!
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