Later News Jan 13

Conte admits Chelsea deserve to reach Carabao Cup final as Spurs’ wait for a trophy continues


They have tried almost everything, from splashing the cash on high-profile players, to hiring ‘serial winners’ like Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte, but Tottenham Hotspur just cannot seem to catch a break in their thus far fruitless quest for silverware.

 

Their latest setback came in the Carabao Cup this morning (SGT), as they were knocked out of the competition in the semi-final following a 3-0 aggregate defeat to Chelsea.

 

Following a 2-0 defeat in the first-leg of the semi-final at Stamford Bridge last week, it took all of 18 minutes for Chelsea to deal Spurs a killer blow in the second-leg at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium, as defender Antonio Rudiger headed home Mason Mount’s corner to give the Blues a seemingly unassailable three goal lead.

 

WATCH: Highlights of Chelsea's 1-0 win over Spurs in Carabao Cup

 

Nonetheless, Antonio Conte’s men almost hauled themselves back into tie, with referee Andre Marriner doing his very best to try and single-handedly send Spurs to the final.

 

Unfortunately for the home side, VAR chose this fixture to be at the top of their game, and correctly overruled Marriner’s decision to award Spurs penalties either side of half-time. VAR then also rightly ruled out Harry Kane’s goal in the 64th minute for offside, presumably because the official in charge forgot about the concept of ‘England captain privilege’.

 

After the game, Conte conceded that Chelsea had been worthy winners of the semi-final, as he said: “I think the performance was much better (today) than the performance in the first leg. The first half we struggled a bit, especially the way they tried to bring pressure without the ball, and I think in the second half the performance was good and the intensity was high.

 

WATCH: Conte believes Spurs deserved better final result

 

“I think we deserved a better final result today, but I think that after the two games Chelsea deserved to reach the final. In this moment we can't compare the two situations with Chelsea and Tottenham.”

 

Despite the win, Tuchel criticised his players for a performance that could have easily sent Spurs to the final, should Marriner have had his way.

 

WATCH: Tuchel reacts to reaching his third final with Chelsea

 

“We started good and had big chances but then we didn't play with fire,” said Tuchel. “We allowed chances from easy and sloppy mistakes. We were lucky and almost gave a penalty away for absolutely no reason, maybe a bit of overconfidence. We then started well in the second half and the same happened in the last 20 minutes.

 

“A lack of focus and overconfidence and then we need luck not to have another penalty and another VAR decision with the offside. We can play much better. We need to play much better if we are to really deserve results like this. In long phases of the match we played well but we need to do better. I'm unhappy with the performance.” 

 

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