By Kevin Campbell

22nd Dec, 2020 | 8:00pm

Exclusive: Campbell issues Tottenham warning ahead of Stoke City showdown

Kevin Campbell has warned Tottenham Hotspur they will face a difficult game against Stoke City in their Carabao Cup quarter-final on Wednesday night.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former Arsenal striker and father of Potters forward Tyrese Campbell claimed the key to the tie will be the first goal.

Tottenham travel to the Bet365 stadium on a run of three Premier League games without a victory as they look to secure their place in the semi-finals.

The last trophy Spurs won was the EFL Cup in 2018 when Carling where the title sponsors.

Mourinho has won the competition three times as a manager including in his first full seasons in charge of both Chelsea and Manchester United.

However, Campbell has warned the Portuguese his side will face a real challenge against Stoke.

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He told Football Insider“It’s a tough game for Stoke but Stoke have done really well in the Carabao Cup and it’s at the Bet365 stadium.

“We know what Spurs bring to the table, they defend deep and go on the counter-attack.

“Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son are one of the form partnerships in Europe so they’ve got to be vigilant.

“Stoke’s defence have been pretty good actually, they’ve defended very well of late.

“The issue with Stoke is the firepower – can they get ahead? If they can get ahead it could be a difficult day for Tottenham. The key is getting ahead.”

The Potters will be without their top scorer Tyrese Campbell after he suffered a potentially season-ending knee injury earlier this month.

Michael O’Neill’s side have beaten Blackpool, Wolves, Gillingham and Aston Villa to reach the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup.

In other news, an ex-Spur has claimed a Tottenham star will be fuming with Mourinho after a surprise call.