Spurs edge Chelsea in League Cup shootout – football
Tottenham Hotspur overcame guests Chelsea 5-4 in a penalty shootout to progress in the League Cup following a 1-1 dwelling draw in their fourth-spherical conflict on Tuesday. Chelsea seemed to be heading into the quarter-finals due to a nineteenth-minute strike from Timo Werner however Erik Lamela compelled a shootout with an equaliser in the 83rd minute, ending from shut vary after controlling a cross from debutant Sergio Reguilon.
In the shootout, Chelsea’s Mason Mount struck the publish to overlook the decisive fifth penalty after each different spot kick had been transformed.Germany ahead Werner scored his first purpose for Chelsea in his fourth look, lashing the ball into the web from the edge of the world after receiving a lower-again from Cesar Azpilicueta.
Chelsea’s new goalkeeper Edouard Mendy had a assured show in his first recreation since switching from Stade Rennes, making save to maintain out a vicious shot from Spurs’ Spanish left again Reguilon in the second half.
But Mendy was lastly crushed in the 83rd minute when Reguilon turned in the field and located Lamela, who managed the ball on the far publish earlier than netting from shut vary to drive the shootout in which Tottenham prevailed. The victory was revenge for Spurs for a 2019 League Cup semi-last second-leg defeat to Chelsea on penalties.
Spurs boss Jose Mourinho, in the meantime, bought one over his former Chelsea participant Frank Lampard, whose Derby County aspect beat a Manchester United crew 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 got here solely two days after their 1-1 draw with Newcastle United, was the second recreation of a gruelling run of 4 matches in eight days for Spurs. Mourinho’s aspect face Maccabi Haifa at dwelling in a Europa League playoff on Thursday earlier than a league fixture at Manchester United on Sunday.
Mourinho made 9 adjustments to the crew who had confronted Newcastle, sticking with first-alternative goalkeeper Hugo Lloris as a substitute of latest 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 in the course of 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.”