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It means that although Rose will definitely miss Tottenham's massive FA Cup semi-final with Chelsea this weekend, he could return before the end of the season.

"If there is one favourite it's more Chelsea because they are on the top of the table in the Premier League, and [because of] the experienced players they have, and the manager they have", said Pochettino.

"We are talking about a team that has won a European competition, has a manager that won the league with Juventus in Italy".

"No, I'm sure they will believe they can beat us and we believe we can beat them - it's on the day".

Of the semi-final, Pochettino said: "If there's a favourite, it's Chelsea".

"That is not something I have thought about at this point, we have to focus on players and games we have got and when the season finishes we can talk about potential targets". But they look the real deal under Mauricio Pochettino, and just need a piece of silverware to mark their ascent toward the summit of the English game. We must feel the happiness because it's a very important competition and we're fighting with the best teams in England, and that makes us very proud. We're going there trying to play in our way and trying to win and go to the final.

Mauricio Pochettino wants Spurs to put on an aggressive display at Wembley.

The team that started Spurs' 4-0 victory against Bournemouth on Saturday have won 10 league titles between them, eight of them in Holland, while Chelsea's side against Manchester United have claimed 18.

He hinted at that in an open letter this week and said: "It's with overwhelming emotion that earlier this week the club and I announced this will be my last season as a Chelsea player. We have the facility to challenge and now it is up to us to try to step up and make this dream a reality". But we are in a good moment too.

'Now is the moment to translate those statistics and that feeling and show if you've grown up and learned or if you are very close to winning the league or the FA Cup. You can say that, at the end of the season, you grow up and learn if you win some titles.

"Now to win is more hard", Pochettino added. You are competing with big sides, big clubs, big players.

"Chelsea have players that won the World Cup and, if you compare with our players, they haven't won anything - maybe some titles".

Chelsea's Gary Cahill was first out of the blocks as he desperately tried to play down the significance in the longer term of facing their fast-finishing rivals in the top flight. We deserved to go through, it was a little bit unfair, but that's football.

Dan is ESPN FC's Tottenham correspondent.

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