Premier League title race: Man City stretch lead at top
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Tottenham Hotspur’s Carabao Cup semi-final first leg against Chelsea couldn’t have gotten off to a worse start. In his return to Stamford Bridge, Antonio Conte’s side endured a horror first half, conceding two calamitous goals to trail 2-0 at the break.
Tottenham’s semi-final couldn’t have gotten off to a worse start, being on the end of a dominant Chelsea first half on Antonio Conte’s return to Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea had 10 shots to Spurs’ zero, produced 1.44 xG, and completed 1-1 passes in the final third, compared to Conte’s side’s 35.
In the fifth minute, the visitors were pressed into a mistake, leading to Kai Havertz stroking a shot past Hugo Lloris, which Davinson Sanchez touched home last.
But 10 minutes before the break, Tottenham’s first half reached a new low as Japhet Tanganga and Ben Davies combined to produce a comedic own goal.
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Fans unsurprisingly took to Twitter immediately after the farce to poke fun at Spurs, who have it all to do in the second half at Stamford Bridge.
One person said: “That own goal is the definition of Spursy.”
Another joked: “There’s a few contenders but that might be the most Spursy goal of all time.”
A third tweeted: “So a goal for Chelsea scored by a Spurs player, assisted by a Spurs player? That, my friends, is Spursy!”
Tottenham haven’t lifted silverware since they won the League Cup in 2008, 14 years ago.
And as it stands, their long wait for a trophy will likely continue beyond Conte’s first season in charge.
Carabao Cup (League Cup) semi-finals are two-legged, meaning Spurs will still be in with a shout even if they are defeated 2-0 in west London.
However, all the signs point towards Chelsea extending their lead in the second half, which would all but kill the tie.
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