Tottenham will take a lead to Stamford Bridge after successful the primary leg of their Carabao Cup semifinal against Chelsea 1-Zero. The one purpose arrived in the 26th minute courtesy of a penalty awarded by VAR. Harry Kane was initially flagged offside as he was felled by Kepa Arrizabalaga contained in the field, but a video replay confirmed he was degree and the captain transformed from the spot. Chelsea had been much more aggressive than after they misplaced Three-1 on their final go to to Wembley in November — certainly they’d 58 p.c of the possession and 17 photographs to Spurs’ six. But it’s benefit Tottenham on the midway level in the tie.
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A victory of any margin has to be seen as a success and Tottenham are completely able to hurting Chelsea on the counter-attack at Stamford Bridge in a fortnight’s time. Kane continued his wealthy vein of goalscoring type, netting his seventh purpose in six video games, and No. 2 goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga impressed once more, preserving his third-successive clear sheet with the assistance of some bullish defending.
Spurs have been extra harmful than Chelsea just lately, scoring 22 targets in their earlier 5 matches in contrast to the Blues’ 5. After they went 1-Zero up in the primary half it appeared there was a possibility to capitalise additional on their residence benefit and take a greater lead to the Bridge. Nevertheless, Maurizio Sarri’s aspect had been on high for many of the second half. Whereas the guests had been unable to discover an equaliser to match their method play, Spurs’ lack of ability to halt the Blues’ assaults was a concern as ideas flip to the second leg.
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7 — The plan to get in behind Chelsea’s centre-backs with balls excessive labored completely for the decisive purpose, but Mauricio Pochettino was unable to wrest again management of the sport in the second half and did not make a substitution till the 79th minute. After all, his lack of central midfielders continues to be a main limitation.
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GK Paulo Gazzaniga, eight — Made a wonderful fingertip save onto the publish as Callum Hudson-Odoi’s cross looped over him in direction of the highest nook earlier than palming away an N’Golo Kante shot, whereas his dealing with was dependable below strain.
DF Kieran Trippier, 7 — Labored laborious defensively and was alert to hazard behind him whereas creating a likelihood for Kane with an early cross and releasing Moussa Sissoko down the fitting touchline with a neat flick.
DF Davinson Sanchez, eight — Acquired tight to Eden Hazard in central areas, forcing the Belgian to go deep or into huge areas to get time on the ball and run on the defence.
DF Toby Alderweireld, 9 — Confirmed off his passing potential with a advantageous ball excessive to launch Kane and win the penalty, whereas he positioned himself properly to block a host of crosses.
DF Danny Rose, 6 — Struggled against Hudson-Odoi in the primary half but improved after the break and made an vital late deal with on Kante.
MF Harry Winks, 6 — A mature efficiency defensively and Pochettino would have authorized of a “naughty” skilled foul on Hazard in the primary half, but he noticed much less and much less of the ball because the match went on.
MF Moussa Sissoko, 7 — Helped to shield the defence along with his physicality and made a few breaks upfield, whereas teeing Kane up for a shot with a good first-time move. But he made some poor choices too, particularly when he tried a foolish backheel when Spurs had been attempting to see out the sport.
MF Christian Eriksen, 5 — Lined loads of floor but was much less influential than traditional, which helped Chelsea to assume management.
MF Dele Alli, 5 — Equally put in a shift for the group, monitoring again diligently, but other than one run into the field firstly of the second half it’s laborious to keep in mind a telling contribution with the ball.
FW Harry Kane, eight — Gained the penalty with a well-timed run in behind the defence and transformed it himself, whereas testing Kepa with a highly effective 25-yard strike in the second half.
FW Son Heung-Min, 5 — Made a full of life begin, troubling Chelsea once more along with his tempo, but pale.
MF Erik Lamela, NR — Changed Son and bought a transient likelihood to run at purpose but could not capitalise.
MF Oliver Skipp, NR — Launched in the ultimate moments in place of Winks, who had been booked.
MF Fernando Llorente, NR — Appeared in harm time to assist defend set items.