Every word Mauricio Pochettino said on Reece James return, Blackburn win and Carabao Cup success


Was your only complaint that you perhaps could have scored more goals?

Of course but after Saturday it was important for us to win the game and go through the competition. Of course too many chances, we need to be more clinical, that you cannot change from Saturday to today. Its about time to build the confidence.

I think too many positive things. Important to stay and go through in this competition, that is important for us and build confidence.

Players like Badiashile and Reece James to play one hour is important. We were talking with Jesus and the coaching staff, it looks like in November a pre-season game because of this situation. Too many positive things, now we go forward to the next round but now to prepare for the next two games before the international break.

Was the plan always to give James 60 minutes and how happy were you with his impact?

The plan was to check at half time how he feel and how he was. After 15 minutes he started to feel tired. and we were checking from the second half. He was a little bit tired and we need to be careful how we manage him. Of course, I think in that moment we decide to make that change. It is important now to make the progression and to be careful about not to go back. Sometimes maybe to play 90 minutes and take some risk but we need to avoid this. It is true we cannot avoid 100% of the risk but the plan is to go little by little.

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Can you start to think about winning this competition?

I think so. We need to think that it is an important competition for us. We are not in Europe. That should be an opportunity for us like the Premier League and like in January we will start the FA Cup. Of course, we need to think we that we can win this competition.

Psychologically important to have Reece James back too? Lifted the stadium.

Is really important, always. When you decide that he's your captain it is important that they stay fit, can play and help the team. He’s an important player for us. He’s an amazing player, for me one of the best full backs in the world. Unlucky that we only play 70-75 minutes against Liverpool in the first game and until today didn't play. The temptation is ok, come on go and play 90 minutes but we need to be careful. Little by little he is going to get fit and cope with the demand of the games.

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