Spurs edge Chelsea in League Cup shootout

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Tottenham Hotspur overcame guests Chelsea 5-Four in a penalty shootout to progress within the League Cup following a 1-1 house draw of their fourth-round conflict on Tuesday. Chelsea seemed to be heading into the quarter-finals because of a 19th-minute strike from Timo Werner however Erik Lamela compelled a shootout with an equaliser within the 83rd minute, ending from shut vary after controlling a cross from debutant Sergio Reguilon.

In the shootout, Chelsea’s Mason Mount struck the submit to overlook the decisive fifth penalty after each different spot kick had been transformed.Germany ahead Werner scored his first objective for Chelsea in his fourth presence, lashing the ball into the online from the sting of the world after receiving a cut-back from Cesar Azpilicueta.

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Chelsea’s new goalkeeper Edouard Mendy had a assured display in his first game since switching from Stade Rennes, making save to maintain out a vicious shot from Spurs’ Spanish left back Reguilon within the second half.

But Mendy was lastly crushed within the 83rd minute when Reguilon turned within the pack and located Lamela, who managed the ball on the far submit earlier than netting from shut vary to power the shootout through which Tottenham prevailed. The victory was revenge for Spurs for a 2019 League Cup semi-final second-leg defeat to Chelsea on penalties.

Spurs boss Jose Mourinho, in the meantime, acquired one over his former Chelsea player Frank Lampard, whose Derby County aspect beat a Manchester United workforce then coached by the Portuguese in a League Cup shootout in 2018.

“We were ready to fight. I told the players before the penalties that they were magnificent in the second half, we made Chelsea look ordinary. The team waited for the right moment,” Mourinho stated.

The League Cup fixture, which appear just two days after their 1-1 draw with Newcastle United, was the second game of a gruelling run of 4 matches in eight days for Spurs. Mourinho’s aspect face Maccabi Haifa at house in a Europa League playoff on Thursday earlier than a league fixture at Manchester United on Sunday.

Mourinho made 9 modifications to the workforce who had confronted Newcastle, sticking with first-choice goalkeeper Hugo Lloris as an alternative of recent signing Joe Hart and giving a second begin in three days to Eric Dier, who stepped as much as rating the primary penalty.

“I have to think about three games at the same time but the players only thought about this game, they were phenomenal. Phenomenal,” added Mourinho, who praised England worldwide Dier regardless of the defender leaving the pitch to go to the bathroom through the second half.

“What happened to Eric Dier is not normal, I have to praise him in a special way. It should be forbidden for a player to play two games in 48 hours at this level. What he did is not human to do.”

[Attribution HT.]

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