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

Since we last wrote on the latest match performances, Tottenham Hotspur flexed their muscles in the FA Cup third round to beat Morecambe 3-1. However, they missed out on a Carabao Cup final spot after losing 3-0 to Chelsea on aggregate.

Spurs progress to round 4 of the FA Cup

Last Sunday, Spurs took on the Morecambe Shrimps at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Anthony O’Connor opened the scoring for Morecambe in a shock-opening goal during the first half.

Club record signing Tanguy Ndombele, who fell out of favour last summer and was asked to leave by the club, evoked a wave of boos from the crowd as he took an abnormal amount of time to leave the field whilst his team were 1-0 down. It was up to Harry Winks, Lucas Moura, and Harry Kane to score and ensure that the Lilywhites progress to round 4 of the competition.

Tottenham could have enjoyed a very different afternoon had a couple of early chances gone their way. Ndombele and Ben Davies had excellent opportunities to score early in the match before the Shrimps got their opener.

Spurs were booed off after the first half drew to a close. Antonio Conte had clearly seen enough from his 2nd string and made a triple substitution, including Moura and Kane, which sparked Tottenham’s performance to life.

Tottenham will face Brighton at home in the FA Cup 4th round on the 5th Feb at 15:00. You can get excellent VIP tickets to this exciting fixture from £99. Book now to avoid disappointment.

Carabo Cup Semi-final end of the road for Tottenham

Tottenham faced an uphill task before the starting whistle blew in the second leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final. Chelsea had a 2 goal advantage. The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium was buzzing at the start of the game as the fans were full of song and hope.

However, in the 18th minute of the game, Antonio Rudiger headed past Hugo Lloris from a corner to make the task even tougher. This turned out to be the only goal of the game as Chelsea confirmed their spot in the final against either Liverpool or Arsenal.

It seems that Spurs are now left with just the FA Cup as their only opportunity to end their 14-year trophy drought.

It momentarily looked like Spurs had a golden opportunity to get back into the game with a couple of VAR decisions that went against them. Rudiger challenged Hojbjerg slightly outside the area and Kepa clashed with Lucas Moura when attempting to take the ball. Both were originally given by the referee as penalities. Both were overturned by VAR.

Harry Kane had the ball in the back of the net in the 65th minute after a lovely through-ball from Moura. However, VAR reared its ugly head once more to correctly confirm that Kane was marginally offside.

Despite the introduction of Ryan Sessegnon and Bryan Gil, who gave brief yet energetic performances, the elimination became set in stone.

Spurs v Chelsea: Starting XI

GK

P. Gollini

DEF

E. Royal

J. Tanganga

D. Sánchez

B. Davies

M. Doherty

MDF

G. Lo Celso

H. Winks

P. Højbjerg

Lucas Moura

FWD

H. Kane

What the manager said about the Chelsea fixture

After the match, Antonio Conte claimed that,

“I think the performance was much better than the performance in the first leg. The first half we struggled a bit, especially the way they tried to bring pressure without the ball, and I think in the second half the performance was good and the intensity was high.

“I think we deserved a better final result today, but I think that after the two games Chelsea deserved to reach the final. In this moment we can’t compare the two situations with Chelsea and Tottenham.”

Spurs can now focus on the Premier League. Conte is yet to lose in the EPL since he took over from Nuno.

What’s next for Tottenham Hotspur?

The biggest game in any North London calendar. Yes, derby day takes place this Sunday, 16th Jan at 16:30. Get your VIP tickets and hospitality for that match right here.

Spurs are then away for two games. The first is against Leicester on Wednesday the 19th of January. They then have the chance to get revenge against Chelsea as they travel to Stamford Bridge on the 23rd of January.