Mauricio Pochettino praised ‘mature’ performance against Chelsea.

Kane’s penalty proved the difference between Spurs and Chelsea at Wembley.

Pochettino. [Reuters]

Mauricio Pochettino expressed his delight at Tottenham’s ‘mature’ performance in their Carabao Cup semi-final first leg win against Chelsea.


Spurs sealed a 1-0 win over the Blues after Harry Kane found the net from the penalty spot.


And, following the win at Wembley on Tuesday night, Pochettino insisted they can do better.


“We were very competitive but we can do better, we can play better but to be honest, playing against a team like Chelsea is always difficult,” said Mauricio as the club’s official website reported. “They have an unbelievable squad, very good players, a lot of quality.


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“We need to be happy but it’s only half-time and now we need to play the second leg at Stamford Bridge and it will be very difficult.


“We were so mature but we need to improve a lot. We need to work a lot to try to be competitive again. It’s step by step. This was a very important result, not too much of an advantage but it’s good to go to Stamford Bridge with this result.”


The Argentine was also pleased with the clean despite Chelsea’s pressure in the second half.


Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates after scoring from the spot (Image: Catherine Ivill)

“Chelsea pushed a lot, they have a lot of quality in the team - we are talking about one of the best teams in England and Europe,” he said. “I’m happy because we were so competitive and now we need to be ready for Sunday and another battle against Manchester United.”


Kane moved into fourth spot on Tottenham’s all-time goalscoring list with 160 goals and his goal on the night was his 20th of the season – making him the first-ever Spurs player to score 20-plus goals in five-successive seasons.


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