Tottenham will play Sheffield United in the League Cup semifinal after thrashing Newcastle United 4-0 at White Hart Lane in the quarterfinal on Wednesday. The London club has been in good form recently, taking 10 points from a possible 15 in the Premier League, leading some to believe that slow-starting Spurs are finally starting to turn things around.
Asked if his team had reached a turning point in his first season in charge, coach Mauricio Pocchettino was coy. "It was a fantastic night, a very good performance from the team,” he said. “I am very happy because I think tonight was the first time that there was the relation between the team and supporters. It was brilliant at White Hart Lane and I enjoyed it a lot tonight."
Asked about semifinal opponent Sheffield United, which is currently fifth in League One (England’s division three), the Argentine said: "I think that we need to have full respect for Sheffield United ... Yesterday we watched [United’s 1-0 win against Southampton] and they fully deserved to stay in the semifinal.”
Newcastle, meanwhile, could be forced to sign an emergency goalkeeper as third-choice Jak Alnwick fell awkwardly on his shoulder during the game, meaning he could be absent for the Tyne-Wear derby vs. Sunderland on Sunday. The Magpies are already without their top two goalkeepers due to injury. "It is something we might have to look at tomorrow because there is no way that a 17-year-old [Freddie Woodman] - that's our fourth-choice - should be allowed to go in goal at this level,” Newcastle boss Alan Pardew said. "We will perhaps talk to the Premier League tomorrow about Jak's situation."