Sep 27 2012
Tottenham assistant boss Steffen Freund feels the club's players may already be starting to think about Wembley after their 3-0 Capital One Cup third-round victory at Carlisle.
Spurs saw off their spirited npower League One opponents at Brunton Park thanks to goals from Jan Vertonghen, Andros Townsend and Gylfi Sigurdsson. They now face a trip to Norwich in the last 16.
Freund believes the final is now something that could be on the squad's minds. "I know eight Premier League sides are already out, and there are only two games and then we are in the semi-final," Freund said. "I can remember 1999 when I won the League Cup - it is special to go to Wembley and I think the players will start to think about that now."
The Tottenham first XI showed eight changes from their 2-1 league victory over QPR on Sunday, with the likes of Adam Smith, Yago Falque and Ryan Mason getting some first-team experience and Tom Huddlestone and Michael Dawson being given a run-out, the latter for the first time since Andre Villas-Boas was appointed Spurs boss in July.
Vertonghen and Sigurdsson, two summer signings, opened their accounts for the clubs with their headed goals in the 37th and 89th minutes respectively, either side of a decent solo effort in the 53rd minute from 21-year-old winger Townsend, who drove forward before shooting low.
Overall, Freund thought there were plenty of positives to take from the game.
"We brought a few young players in and we believe in them all," Freund said. "Adam Smith was fantastic at right-back and Ryan Mason has been scoring in the development squad, so we knew he can play. Then in the centre of midfield Tom Huddlestone is back after his injury, Michael Dawson is back.
"There are young players coming through which is nice to see, and it is especially nice to know that we have someone (Townsend) behind Gareth Bale who can jump in and create something.
"Don't forget, we have several injured players and still had a fantastic, strong team on the pitch.
"We deserved to win in the end and it was difficult for Carlisle to create chances. That's why I'm really happy, as is the whole of the coaching staff.''