Chelsea overturn a first leg deficit to knock out Tottenham on penalties in the 2nd leg of the EFL Cup semi-final. Chelsea will face Manchester City in the final set in February. Tottenham were without Harry Kane, Dele Alli (due to injuries), and Son (on international duty). Tottenham struggled in the second leg but managed to take the game to penalties and Chelsea were the lucky team on the night.
Pochettino will be sad at his side’s inability to reach the final and finally end their trophy drought under him. If Pochettino ends the season trophyless and is eventually sacked, will his time at Spurs be termed a success? He has assembled one the best teams in England without needing to spend as high as the top 6 teams but still cannot win any significant title with the squad, no matter how we play it, he will still be termed a failure.
Tottenham run the risk of losing their star players to the bigger teams in Europe if they do not prioritize winning any trophy soon. Barcelona are in hot pursuit for a striker with Kane on their radar, Real Madrid is inquiring about Alli and Eriksen, they may be tempted to move if the team is not making significant strides towards getting a silverware by spending big in the transfer market.
Pochettino was sounding all positive in the press conference after the game despite the defeat but the disappointing look showed. Pochettino said ‘Today we’re disappointed, but to beat Watford at stadium Mk then at London stadium against West Ham then at Emirate against Arsenal to get here you must feel proud’.
he continued ‘ It is going to make us stronger and it is a very good experience for us, we still have three competitions left to fight in, we arrive at the semi-final and we lost on penalties to Chelsea one of the best teams in Europe, we can only feel proud, I was joking with Jesus that in Copa del Rey if you are 2-2 in the semi final with an away goal you go through to the final but they changed the rules in the Carabao Cup’.
Tottenham will shift their attentions to the weekend as they play Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park in the FA Cup as they fight to keep another title hope alive.