Mauricio Pochettino has warned Chelsea they have no chance of provoking Tottenham into losing their cool.
The sides meet at Wembley on Saturday in the FA Cup semi-final, nearly a year after “The Battle of Stamford Bridge”, when nine Tottenham players were booked in the 2-2 draw and Mousa Dembele was handed a six-match ban for scratching the eye of Diego Costa.
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That game took place on May 2, 2016, and in the year since Pochettino insists both he and his team have become considerably more streetwise.
He told Standard Sport: “We played more with our emotions than with our heads in that game. It was a new experience to fight for the title. Now the players are more mature, I am more mature. We have learned a lot from the experience and now we are focused on trying to be better.
“It was a good experience for me, here in England. It was my first time fighting for the Premier League as a manager. Of course I prefer to play to win rather than fighting relegation with Espanyol or Southampton, as I did in the first season.
“We are so open in our minds and every day is a good opportunity to learn. With one more year, I can tell you I have more experience and I have more knowledge of life and football.”