It’s been claimed that the FA Cup has lost some of its magic in previous years but the Aston Villa boss thinks otherwise.

-          Aston Villa travel to White Hart Lane in for their FA Cup third round tie

-          Villa have only beaten Spurs once in their last 16 meetings

-          Villa were runners up in the FA Cup in 2015, losing to Arsenal

Steve Bruce still believes in the magic of the FA Cup despite claims that the competition doesn’t mean as much as it used to.

Bruce, who won the trophy three times in his playing career, said reaching the final with Hull “rekindled” his love of the competition.

“You ask the supporters of Hull, or anybody associated with the club, the actual FA Cup final is something that is one of the great sporting events of our country.”

His side face Tottenham in the third round, Villa have only failed to make it past the third round once in the last eight seasons.

The former Hull manager knows how difficult a task it is going to North London: “We couldn’t have wished for anything more difficult, they are one of the best teams in our country and probably one of the best teams in Europe.”

Bruce took time to praise his opposing manager and the English core that has been integral to their success:

“I’m a big admirer of Pochettino and what he’s done in this country and how he’s done it, but also last night (v Chelsea) there’s four of five of them that are English which is great to see.”

Tottenham v Aston Villa kicks off at 16:00 GMT at White Hart Lane, you can watch the tie on BBC One.