Spurs final dreams crushed by Chelsea

Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea – Carabao Cup Semi-Final Second-Leg – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium – Report

Tottenham Hotspur 0-1 Chelsea
(Chelsea won 3-0 on aggregate)

Tottenham Hotspur’s fruitless quest for silverware continues after Chelsea completed a Carabao Cup semi-final double over the North Londoners thanks to a first-half goal from Antonio Rudiger.

Trailing 2-0 from the first-leg at Stamford Bridge last week, Tottenham’s task was made almost impossible when Rudiger bundled home shortly before the twenty-minute mark following a Mason Mount flag-kick.

Spurs provided somewhat more of a test for the West Londoners than they had seven days ago. Harry Kane’s effort was chalked off, while VAR overturned two penalties awarded by whistler, Andre Marriner following fouls on Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Lucas Moura.

Speaking after the game, Spurs boss, Antonio Conte said: “I think the performance was much better than the performance in the first leg.

“The first half we struggled a bit, especially the way we tried to bring pressure without the ball.

“I think in the second half, the performance was good, the intensity was high and I think honestly that we deserved a better final result today, but I think that after these two games, Chelsea deserved to reach the final of this competition.”

Tottenham Hotspur returns to Premier League action on Sunday, January 16 when Arsenal are the visitors to N17 (4:30pm).

Tottenham Hotspur: Gollini, Royal, Tanganga, Sanchez, Davies, Doherty (Sessegnon 65′), Winks (Skipp 81′), Hojbjerg, Lo Celso (Bryan 71′), Lucas, Kane (Capt) Subs not used: Lloris, Paskotsi, Rodon, White, Dele, Scarlett

Chelsea: Kepa, Azpilicueta (Capt), Christensen (Thiago Silva 66′), Rudiger, Sarr, Jorginho (Loftus-Cheek 82′), Kovacic (Kante 77′), Hudson-Odoi, Mount (Ziyech 66′), Lukaku, Werner (Alonso 66′) Subs not used: Bettinelli, Saul, Havertz, Pulisic

Referee: Andre Marriner

Attendance: 45,603.

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Brian Jeeves

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