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Tottenham defender Sergio Reguilón is aware of how long the club has had to wait to win a trophy and is determined to end the drought this season.
The Spanish left back, who arrived from Real Madrid this summer, was 11 years old the last time the Spurs raised the silver. That was the 2008 League Cup when a Jonathan Woodgate header in extra time earned Chelsea a 2-1 victory.
The same competition represents the Spurs’ best chance of claiming glory this term. They need to win just three more games, starting with the quarterfinals in Stoke on Wednesday.
Tottenham brought Jose Mourinho north of London to deliver trophies and Reguilon insists that players are equally desperate to end the wait.
“I am very aware of it,” he said. “You are on top of things on social media and how the fans are really looking forward to winning a trophy.
“But trust me, if the fans are eager to win a trophy, we are looking forward to even more as players and as a squad.”
Visiting the bet365 stadium can be something of a culture shock for Reguilon. In fact, the only previous experience of the Spaniard was in his home country until he moved to England.
The defender is still aware of the ‘cold and windy night in Stoke’ phenomenon, but adds that it does not affect him.
He said: “From watching the Premier League, I am aware of their reputation and I know what it’s supposed to be like to play there by watching their matches. That and playing against them in FIFA!
“I am the type of player who is ready for every game that I am selected for. I am a very competitive guy and I am also a very competitive player.
“If the coach decides that he wants to use me in this particular match, I will be prepared like any other match.
“I will jump for every aerial challenge and run to make every inning and fight for every ball. Yes, I’ll be ready if you choose me.
“But the main thing about football is that if the field is good, it doesn’t matter if you are in first-rate luxury locker rooms or average locker rooms. What happens in the field is what matters.
“The state of the locker room will be put aside once we cross that white line.”
Stoke is not the proposition it once was. However, they have found some form in the Championship this season and have conceded just three goals in their last seven games.
Reguilon backs Tottenham to win
But Reguilon believes his team has the quality to prevail.
“We are a strong team both physically and mentally,” he said. “The thing about English football is that every game you play is a difficult match.
“Obviously some teams are stronger than others, some lineups. But it’s about Tottenham entering with the right attitude and concentrating for the full 90 minutes.
“If we do that with our quality of players, and that tough mental attitude that we have, we will have a good chance to pass in those games.”
Tottenham came close to winning the League Cup in 2015, when they lost to Chelsea.
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