Chelsea and Spurs Coaches Reacting to Yesterday’s 1-0 in Carabao Cup

Chelsea and Spurs Coaches Reacting to Yesterday’s 1-0 in Carabao Cup

Leading 2-0 from last week’s one-sided first leg at Stamford Bridge (football news), Chelsea won 0-1 at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Defender Antonio Rudiger gave Tottenham a mountain to climb when he scored from Mason Mount’s corner in the 18th minute. As a result, Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea beat Antonio Conte’s Tottenham by a 3-0 aggregate in this Carabao Cup semi-final tie. And today we bring you the two Chelsea and Spurs coaches reacting to yesterday’s 1-0 in Carabao Cup semi-finals.

After Rudiger’s first-half goal, Tottenham battled hard in search of a route back into the tie. But it was in vain as VAR interventions overturned Andre Mariner’s two penalties for Spurs on either side of halftime.

To rub salt into their wounds, yet another VAR check later also ruled out Harry Kane’s goal for being offside.

Tottenham’s home fans were in full voice from the stands in the early stages of this match. The home crowd, perhaps, still hoped for a repeat of the night 20 years ago. Then, their team crushed Chelsea 5-1 in the competition’s semi-final second leg, despite having lost the first leg by 2-1.

But Tuchel’s side, upon settling into their rhythm, proved themselves as far more robust than Claudio Ranieri’s version back then.

Still, Chelsea, who face Manchester City in Saturday’s Premier League, eased off in the second half, too quick for Tottenham.

And though comfortable enough last night, they will try to win the League Cup for a sixth time. Now in the final, they will be up against either Liverpool or Arsenal.

Chelsea and Spurs Coaches Reacting to Yesterday’s 1-0 in Carabao Cup

“We’re happy with the result. In the first half we were the better team and we deserved to be up,” Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel said. “We lost concentration and lost focus in the last 15 minutes of the first half and again in the second half.

“We were almost punished for lack of focus.”

Meanwhile, Spurs manager Antonio Conte, who acknowledged the gulf in class last week, admitted that the disparity was evident again.

“I think the performance was much better than the performance in the first leg,” Conte said.

“The first half we struggled a bit, especially the way to try to bring pressure without the ball. In the second half the performance was good, the intensity was high. I think we deserved a better final result today.

“But I think after two games Chelsea deserved to reach the final in this competition.”


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