Spurs 2-2 Sheffield Utd (Spurs win 3-2 on aggregate)

Sheffield United have been absent from the top league of English football since being relegated in 2007, but it was a 2015 League Cup semi-final tie which last saw us face the Blades.

After securing a hard-fought 1-0 win in the first leg at the Lane, Spurs knew that anything other than a defeat would see them face Chelsea in the League Cup Final just a few months later.

And we got off to the perfect start, with a sumptuous Christian Eriksen freekick giving us the lead after just 28 minutes. The next 40 minutes of the game had little action of note, before the match exploded into life in the final 15 minutes.

Newly signed Sheffield United striker Che Adams, then an 18-year-old just signed from non league Ilkeston Town, came off the bench to shock Spurs in the 77th minute, cooly converting a back post cross after the defence were caught napping.

And it seemed like a fairytale ending might be on the cards for the Blades just two minutes later, when Adams again found the net via a deflection off of the unfortunate Eric Dier.

Thankfully for Spurs, though, the upset never materialised, and after surviving a few minutes of sustained attack after the second goal it was Eriksen again who took the pressure off of his teammates, racing on to Kane’s through ball in the 88th minute to calmly slot home from the edge of the box.

It’s safe to assume that Chris Wilder’s Sheffield United side will present an entirely different challenge to the team of 2015, with an attacking brand of football gaining the side many plaudits as they gained automatic promotion last season. These are two sides who are not afraid to attack, so this one is almost guaranteed to see some goals.


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