Harry Kane’s first-half penalty gave Tottenham a slender advantage after the Carabao Cup semi-final first leg at Wembley.
Referee Michael Oliver awarded the 26th minute spot-kick after consulting VAR for offside and Chelsea keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga’s foul on Kane.
Spurs and Chelsea each had chances in a fiercely fought contest and Blues’ supervisor Maurizio Sarri will really feel this tie continues to be very a lot alive before the second leg at Stamford Bridge on Thursday, 24 January.
Chelsea hit the woodwork twice within the first half by means of N’Golo Kante’s near-post flick, and when Spurs keeper Paulo Gazzaniga athletically turned Callum Hudson-Odoi’s deflected cross onto the publish.
Andreas Christensen missed a obtrusive alternative from six yards after the break whereas Arrizabalaga additionally produced a advantageous save from Kane as this semi-final remains within the stability.
Spurs dig deep for victory
This was not Spurs at their fluent, intense finest however they confirmed character and resilience to dig out what could show to be a decisive advantage as they search to achieve the final for the first time since they have been crushed by Chelsea in 2015.
Manager Mauricio Pochettino has made no secret of the very fact he doesn’t place this competitors excessive on his record of priorities and wouldn’t even regard success in it as a compelling measure of his team’s progress – he reserves that standing for the Premier League and Champions League.
There continues to be foreign money in profitable a trophy, nevertheless, and success right here would go a way in direction of bolstering Pochettino’s repute as he remains with out silverware, for all his good work, and in addition reply questions on a team that has lately stumbled on the essential second.
Kane was the match-winner again as Spurs’ chances have been restricted however they held out on the again as Chelsea elevated the tempo after the break, though Sarri’s facet have been additionally left cursing the woodwork on two events.
Spurs hold it tight – the stats
- Tottenham have received three successive games against Chelsea in all competitions for the first time since a run of 5 between March 1961 and September 1963.
- Chelsea have lost on every of their final three journeys to Wembley, this after shedding just three of their earlier 11 visits to the stadium (W7, D1, L3).
- Chelsea are just the second team to lose twice against the identical opponent at Wembley in a single season, after Sheffield Wednesday against Arsenal in 1992-93, who lost the League Cup final and an FA Cup final replay to the Gunners.
- Tottenham have saved three consecutive clear sheets in all competitions for the first time since October 2017.
- Harry Kane is now the outright fourth highest goalscorer for Tottenham Hotspur, scoring his 160th goal.
- Kane has scored in every of his final six games in all competitions for Tottenham, equalling his finest streak for the membership.
- Mauricio Pochettino took cost of his 250th match for Tottenham on this game – his file stands at 143 wins, 53 attracts and 54 defeats.
- Eden Hazard was fouled on seven events against Tottenham; essentially the most fouls he has received in a single game this season – profitable seven of Chelsea’s 10 free-kicks.
More to observe.