Heading into this game it was obvious to see that there was an ever present tension between the two London rivals. The sheer idea of being knocked out by a team they despise would’ve likely spurred them on in a big way, and in the end, it was the home side Spurs who ensured they’d take a 1-0 lead into the second leg.
Back and forth
It was a feisty contest from the first minute until the very last, as both sides scratched and clawed in the hope of gaining the advantage. Chelsea actually had some great opportunities to score, too, hitting the woodwork twice in addition to a few golden chances that weren’t taken.
On the other hand, Tottenham were able to take the lead half way through the first 45 minutes courtesy of a penalty from Harry Kane – with a helping hand from VAR. There wasn’t all too much controversy surrounding the decision but when it comes to VAR, you’re always going to get fans who disagree with the idea.
Spurs weren’t at their best but given that Mauricio Pochettino is known to not prioritise the Carabao Cup, it kind of makes sense. Still, they’ve got a great chance of heading back to Wembley for the final, and all they need to do is hold out during the second leg at Stamford Bridge.
Tottenham will now turn their attention towards hosting Manchester United, whereas Chelsea will take on Newcastle.
Tottenham: Gazzaniga (7), Rose (7.5), Alderweireld (7), Sanchez (7), Trippier (7.5), Eriksen (7.5), Winks (7), Sissoko (7), Alli (7), Son (6), Kane (7.5), Skipp (6), Llorente (6), Lamela (6)
Chelsea: Arrizabalaga (6), Azpilicueta (6), Rudiger (7), Christensen (6), Alonso (6), Kante (7.5), Jorginho (7), Barkley (6.5), Hudson-Odoi (6.5), Hazard (8), Willian (6.5)
Referee: Michael Oliver
Goals: Kane pen
Yellow Cards: Sanchez, Winks, Lamela, Arrizabalaga
Red Cards: N/A
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