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Kyle Walker hopes Tottenham disappoint his family of Sheffield United fans

• Walker says Spurs must take a lead to Bramall Lane
• Nigel Clough has won 14 of 17 cup ties with Sheffield United
• Sheffield United relishing Tottenham challenge

Kyle Walker admits he has “mixed emotions” about Tottenham’s Capital One Cup semi-final first leg against Sheffield United – his boyhood club from the age of six until he moved to White Hart Lane aged 19. In stark contrast, his family do not. “They’re all Sheffield United fans,” he laughs. “There’s no mixed emotions there.”

With United having claimed five Premier League scalps in assorted cup ties in the past two seasons, Walker is mindful of Tottenham’s need to get a good result before the return leg at Bramall Lane. “Hopefully we can get a comfortable lead here when they come to our patch,” he said. “We need to play the football we’ve been playing, but it’s going to be far from easy going up there because they’re going to chuck everything at us.”

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