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Spurs v Chelsea: London battle in Carabao Cup semi-final

Features By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 08/01/2019

Tottenham Hotspurs were convincing victors when beating Chelsea 3-1 in the Premier League in late November and can confirm that superiority in the first leg of their Caraboa Cup semi-final at Wembley.

Mauricio Pochettino has made no secret of his desire to end Spurs’ trophy drought and he will be determined to seize the initiative on Tuesday night encounter with the club the looking to lift their first title since 2008, and their first piece of silverware under the Argentina coach.

Maurizio Sarri and his side eager to avenge November’s defeat but the winner of the two-legged will go on to face either Burton Albion or Manchester City in the final of the competition.

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Tottenham will be without Lucas Moura for Tuesday's Carabao Cup semi-final first leg against Chelsea as the Brazilain winger picked up a knee injury in the FA Cup win at Tranmere, while Eric Dier and Victor Wanyama are also out.

Paulo Gazzaniga is expected to start in goal for Spurs this evening as Pochettino continues to field the Argentine in the cup competitions while Jan Vertonghen and Mousa Dembele are targeting a return to action in time for Tuesday's match.

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri is expected to name a strong line-up as Pedro, Olivier Giroud and Willian are all set to return from injury.

Midfielder Mateo Kovacic should recover from illness but Ruben Loftus-Cheek is ruled out with a back injury and Callum Hudson-Odoi could start after he provided two assists in the 2-0 win over Nottingham Forest on Saturday.

Head to Head

This is the ninth League Cup match between these sides, and the first since 2015 final - of the previous eight meetings, Spurs have won two, Blues have won four with two draws.

Tottenham and Chelsea are set to meet in a League Cup semi-final for the third time, having also done so in 1971-72 and 2001-02 - the only fixture to be played more often at this stage is Arsenal against Spurs (four occasions).

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Spurs have won six and lost one from their last seven matches while Blues won four, draw one and lost one from the same number of games.

Manager Quotes 

Tottenham manager Pochettino speaking via BBC he said: "We've started the new year very well, with victories at Cardiff and Tranmere. We know very well that it's going to be again 180 minutes, two legs.

"Chelsea are a great team, a team that will be tough to beat. The tie is 50-50. It will be a very exciting game. We hope to have the possibility to win and go to Stamford Bridge in a very good position."

Sarri told press ahead of the Caraboa Cup clash with Spurs he said after North London outfit scored twice in the opening 16 minutes during their meeting in November Chelsea need to be "more aggressive".

"We need to approach this match in another way, because we lost the [last] match in the first 16 minutes," said Sarri. "They were really more aggressive than us, more determined than us.

"Now we know very well if we approach the same there's no solution for us. I want to speak before about this, otherwise, it's useless to speak about tactics."

Tottenham Hotspur possible starting lineup: Gazzaniga; Trippier, Sanchez, Alderweireld, Davies; Sissoko, Winks; Eriksen, Alli, Son; Kane

Chelsea possible starting lineup: Arrizabalaga; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Alonso; Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic; Willian, Morata, Hazard
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