Alderweireld talks up Spurs' chances

25 April 2021 18:57:06 GMTPlus10

Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld insists they are good enough to upset Manchester City in the League Cup final and says they must focus on their own strengths.

Spurs have been without silverware since winning this competition in 2008 and they have lost their last three competitive finals, which includes against Liverpool in the Champions League trophy-decider two seasons ago.

City have unbelievable qualities, but we have to go with our strengths and not only stop them, but try to beat them.

Toby Alderweireld

It has been a topsy-turvy campaign for Tottenham, who were setting the pace in the Premier League after 12 fixtures.

But a troubled few months finally saw Spurs call time on the services of Jose Mourinho, who lasted just 17 months in charge, and they have replaced him until the end of the season with former midfielder Ryan Mason.

Tottenham made a winning start under Mason, winning 2-1 at home to Southampton on Wednesday, and they will be hoping a fresh, positive mindset can spark an upturn in form.

And Belgian defender Alderweireld, who has made 195 appearances for Spurs since arriving from Atletico Madrid uin 2015, thinks they shouldn't be underestimated.

Speaking to Telegraph ahead of their date with City at Wembley, Alderweireld said: "We played in the Champions League, not last year, but we were there four times in a row before that.

"You can't say we weren't good or say Spurs don't have winners. You have to win to get to the finals. You have to win to get into the top four. That is not silverware, but maybe now we are in a moment to get everyone to just shut up and get it."

He added: "City have unbelievable qualities, but we have to go with our strengths and not only stop them, but try to beat them. That is the mindset that we have to have."

Tottenham are expected to be without their talisman Harry Kane and 11/2 to land the upset.

City are 4/9 to win inside 90 minutes, with a draw 15/4.

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