Chelsea take the first leg of the Carabao Cup after an impressive Xmas period for Spurs

Tottenham Hotspur have massively improved under Antonio Conte and his Premier League record with Spurs proves that. He is currently 8 unbeaten and is yet to lose a league game with his new side. They are currently two points off 4th in the EPL and have two games in hand.

Since putting in an epic performance against Liverpool on the 19th December, which resulted in a 2-2 draw, Spurs have beaten West Ham, Crystal Palace, Watford and drew to Southampton over the Christmas period. This, compared to many teams in the league, can be described as an emphatically successful Christmas period.

Spurs concede first leg to Chelsea

Last night did not go so well for Tottenham, although we did see glimmers of hope in the second half. It was the first leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final away at Stamford Bridge and Chelsea were victorious in their opening gambit achieving a 2-0 result.

Kai Havertz scored an early goal. Ben Davies scored an own goal. But it is not over. Chelsea have to travel to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, which Conte is quickly turning into a fortress.

Thomas Tuchel surprised many onlookers as he strategically broke his usual formation to put out a back-four, which led to a dominating and frankly well-deserved first-half performance from his team.

However, Spurs fans will be frustrated with how these goals were scored. Although Chelsea had many chances in the first half, the two goals they did score were a consequence of sloppy play. Japhet Tanganga was easily responsible for the first goal. He tried to pick out Emerson Royal, however, his pass was way short of the mark and allowed Marcus Alonso to set up Havertz in a 1-on-1 position.

In the 34th minute, Chelsea struck again. Or rather, Tanganga headed Ziyech’s free-kick straight into the face on Ben Davies. Hugo Lloris was helpless as the deflection flew past him.

Antonio Conte too decided to switch to a back four to deal with the formation that Chelsea were playing in. Spurs looked better in the second half, but not good enough to nick a goal back. Bryan Gil looked lively when he came on. Heung-Min Son and Lucas Moura were taken off in an effort to preserve their energy for the few games that lie ahead.

Spurs starting XI

GK

H Lloris

DEF

J Tanganga
D Sànchez
B Davies

MDF

E Royal
O Skipp
P Højbjerg
M Doherty

FWD

L Moura
H Kane
H Son

The manager’s thoughts

“It was a difficult game, from the start. Chelsea showed they were much better than us. In the first half, we struggled a lot but we know that we’re talking about one of the best teams in Europe and in the world.

“Last year, they won the Champions League and if you compare the two teams I think there’s not a comparison. We’re talking about a team that’s ready to win and they’ve played an important part over many years. Today, we have seen the difference between the two teams.”

What’s next for Tottenham Hotspur?

Spurs have three home games in a row coming up, all in different competitions.

Spurs go up against Morecambe in the 3rd round of the F.A. Cup on Sunday at 14:00. You can get VIP tickets and hospitality packages for that game starting from £49pp.

The second leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final is next. Chelsea visit the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Wednesday, 12th Jan for that match. Excellent VIP packages from £199.

And then on Sunday the 16th January at 16:30, the game in every Spurs fan’s calendar. The North London derby. Tickets are limited for this one, so ensure you get yours early.