Tottenham will not be lifting the Carabao Cup after losing out to Chelsea in the semi-final. Spurs held a 1-0 lead after the first leg, but the Blues came out on fire in the first 45.
N’Golo Kante scored from outside the box in the 27th minute before Eden Hazard made it 2-0 in the 38th minute.
Chelsea were dominant in the first half, but Spurs came roaring back with Fernando Llorente scoring in the 50th minute.
Both sides had chances to get another goal, but it was not to be. The teams headed for the penalty shootout after the 90, and it was Tottenham that had to bow out.
Eric Dier blasted his penalty over the bar while Lucas Moura saw his effort saved by Kepa Arrizabalaga. David Luiz scored from the spot to send Chelsea through to the final where they face Manchester City.
Tottenham were already facing injury problems before the game, and Ben Davies had to be replaced in the first 45 with Danny Rose coming on.
The team didn’t play great until the second half, and Chelsea could have scored a few more if their finishing was a little better.
Many Tottenham fans weren’t pleased with the result, and here are some of their reactions to this loss against a London rival.
I expect nothing and I’m still disappointed…
— Cam (@valanka58) January 24, 2019
Cheers sons crying pic.twitter.com/7pe7F6UheA
— AFCAMDEN (@AFCAMDEN) January 24, 2019
You can make all the excuses you want but the fact is the fault lies with the board. They have refused to strengthen a team decimated by injuries and missing 3 key players, to even take Chelsea to penalties was a decent achievement but Levy & ENIC need to go. #LevyOut
— White Hart Spur (@White_Hart_Spur) January 24, 2019
You tried your best guys, that’s all you could do. Onwards and upwards #COYS
— Stefan🏳️🌈 (@SJTW99) January 24, 2019
— A$AP (@kingAsap10) January 24, 2019
— JamYe (@Jamiem360Morley) January 24, 2019
Penalties are a lottery. We had a great response 2nd half. Thats football. Through thick and thin. To dare is to do #COYS
— Rob Wells (@wellzeee87) January 24, 2019
Lose again…….I’ve had 40 years of disappointment
— keith (@dummies1) January 24, 2019
— Jake Brown (@jakebrown785) January 24, 2019
Tottenham star uninterested in £200,000-a-week contract as he eyes exit
Spurs transfer news: Eriksen won’t enter contract talks despite £200,000-a-week offer
The Dane is one of the best in the Premier League and Tottenham’s officials are confused as to why the midfielder isn’t sitting down for contract talks (h/t Mirror).
However, the Dane wants a move to either Barcelona, Juventus or Real Madrid (h/t Mirror).
The European transfer window is open until 2nd September, and Tottenham can sell players to foreign clubs.
Eriksen is playing a dangerous game
The report adds that Eriksen’s representatives aren’t willing to discuss a new contract with Spurs. However, none of the clubs has made any inclination to sign the Tottenham star.
This leaves Eriksen’s future in limbo and he could remain at Tottenham beyond the window should a club fail to register a quality bid.
Dealing with Daniel Levy will be another problem for any club wanting to sign Eriksen, but Spurs have to play the game right.
Losing Eriksen for free would be a major error in our transfer business as we could get a decent sum from his sale this summer.
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However, keeping him until the end of this season could see him join a Premier League rival, which would be a huge blow for us.
“I hope that we fix the problem”: Pochettino claims Levy made a mistake regarding the transfer window
Latest Spurs news: Pochettino claims Levy made a mistake regarding closure of English transfer window
The Mirror reports that Tottenham voted in favour of closing the English transfer window early although the European window is open until 2nd September.
Premier League clubs cannot buy players until the winter window though they can sell to foreign clubs till 2nd September.
This has left some clubs with problems, such as Tottenham, where Christian Eriksen is out of a contract at the end of this season.
Pochettino claimed that Levy and other Premier League clubs’ heads knew they made a mistake (h/t Mirror):
“I wasn’t in agreement, but at that moment they believed that was best for the clubs.
“But I think he [Levy] and a lot of people now realise it was a massive mistake. I hope that we fix the problem for the next season.
“I think we need to go back and operate in the same way that they operate in Europe because I think it’s massive when you go to compete in the Europa League or Champions League.”
The transfer window has put Premier League clubs under pressure
The early closure of the window has given foreign clubs an advantage as they can conclude deals until the end of the month.
Losing Eriksen now would be a major blow to the club, and the worst part is we cannot replace the Dane until the next transfer window.
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The big European clubs can still strengt
La Liga giants to submit last-minute £60m offer for this out-of-contract Tottenham star
Spurs transfer news: Madrid prepare £60m bid for Tottenham’s Eriksen
The Dane is out of a contract at the end of the season and the report claims that Real see Eriksen as a replacement for Luka Modric.
The 27-year-old is one of the best midfielders in the Premier League and started in the 2-2 draw against Manchester City on Saturday.
Daniel Levy doesn’t want to lose big players on a free and the report adds Madrid will try to use this and land Eriksen just before the end of the transfer window on 2 September.
Tottenham did not allow Mousa Dembele to leave on a free last season and the Belgian was sold in the winter window.
Spurs can sell players till 2 September to foreign clubs but cannot buy until the winter window.
Spurs cannot lose Eriksen on a free
This is a tough situation for Spurs as replacing a talent like Eriksen will not be easy.
However, it is better to sell him now and get some decent money in rather than losing him on a free.
Eriksen could also sign for a Premier League club next season, and strengthening our rivals is the last thing we should be doing next season.
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Getting £60m might not be the most best deal for a player of Eriksen’s ability, but it is better than losing him on a free to a Premier League rival.
Pochettino pleased with 2-2 Man City draw but explains why teams cannot be compared
Latest Spurs news: Pochettino explains why Tottenham cannot be compared with City after 2-2 draw
Mauricio Pochettino was pleased after picking up a point against Manchester City at the Etihad.
The home side dominated the game and seemed to have won the tie in the final moments when Gabriel Jesus smashed the ball into the net.
However, the goal was ruled out after VAR confirmed Aymeric Laporte had handled the ball in the build-up to the effort.
Erik Lamela and Lucas Moura were the saviours for Spurs and Pochettino admitted that Manchester City
The Argentine even suggested that the team isn’t settled enough as the transfer window is still active, and explained why Tottenham’s situation could not be compared to that of City’s (h/t Football.london):
“That is never easy and we face today the last Premier League winner, for the past two seasons. They are a very consistent team, improving every season, signing players that came from different teams who were winning, like Cancelo from Juventus.
“We are in a different process. That is why we cannot compare both teams.”
Poch highlights Tottenham’s spirit
The manager also spoke about the “faith and belief” in the side as they twice came from behind to draw level.
However, Pochettino reiterated that his team needs to improve but was happy with four points from two games so far.
Getting anything against City is an achievement these days and even if we rode our luck a bit, a point has to be celebrated.
Tottenham didn’t start Giovani Lo Celso or Ryan Sessegnon in this game, so there should be more to come from the side.
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Son Heung-min should be back from his suspension soon, and it will be interesting to see how we play with a full-strength side.
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