Pochettino: Tottenham must be 'nearly perfect' to beat Chelsea
The Spurs boss targets a repeat of their Premier League win over the Blues on New Year's Day if they are to be triumphant at Wembley
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino believes that his side's 5-3 victory over Chelsea in January is the blueprint for success in Sunday's League Cup final.
Harry Kane struck twice, while Danny Rose, Andros Townsend and Nacer Chadli also got on the scoresheet for Spurs, as they beat their London rivals by two goals in the Premier League on New Year's Day.
It was Tottenham's first win against Chelsea in all competitions since 2010 and Pochettino says that a repeat of that "nearly perfect" display is what is needed for his team to triumph at Wembley.
"You saw the game; our performance was nearly perfect," the Argentine told reporters on Friday.
"I think that we had a really good performance. We need to repeat the same performance to win the trophy."
Pochettino added that victory was a critical achievement for the psychology of his squad, with Tottenham having gone 10 games without a win versus Chelsea.
The 42-year-old expects that motivation rather than tactics will decide which side lifted the trophy.
"I think that the motivation is full and you don't need to prepare for the final. It's only small details, tactically, because it's Chelsea. We know Chelsea, Chelsea know us," Pochettino continued, "and after, it's about our performance and our motivation."
He continued: "We're looking forward to play. I think that our motivation is full and I think, not only for me but for a lot of the players, it's a first final in their careers. So I think the motivation is full."