Tottenham beat Chelsea in penalty shootout to reach Carabao Cup quarter-finals
Tottenham fought back from a goal down to beat Chelsea on penalties to reach the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup.
Timo Werner, who scored for RB Leipzig at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in the Champions League last season, scored his first Chelsea goal inside 19 minutes.
But Spurs rallied in the second half and Erik Lamela struck a late leveller with six minutes to go to force a penalty shootout – and Spurs went on to win to reach the last eight.
With two games coming in three days, Jose Mourinho understandably shuffled the pack by making nine changes, including a debut for Sergio Reguilon and a front-two comprising of Steven Bergwijn and Erik Lamela.
In the shootout, Chelsea’s Mason Mount struck the post to miss the decisive fifth penalty kick after every other penalty kick had been converted.
Germany forward Werner scored his first goal for Chelsea in his fourth appearance, lashing the ball into the net from the edge of the area after receiving a cut-back from Cesar Azpilicueta.
Chelsea’s new goalkeeper Edouard Mendy had a confident display in his first game since switching from Stade Rennes.
He made a good save to keep out a vicious shot from Spurs’ Spanish left-back Reguilon in the second half.
But Mendy was finally beaten in the 83rd minute, when Lamela turned in the box and found Lamela.
He controlled the ball at the far post before netting from close range to force the shootout in which Tottenham prevailed.
The victory was revenge for Spurs for a 2019 League Cup semi-final second leg defeat to Chelsea on penalty kicks.
Spurs boss Jose Mourinho, meanwhile, got one over his former Chelsea player Frank Lampard.
The Englishman’s Derby County side beat a Manchester United team then coached by the Portuguese in a League Cup shootout in 2018.
“We were ready to fight. I told the players before the penalty kicks that they were magnificent in the second half. We made Chelsea look ordinary. The team waited for the right moment,” Mourinho said.
The League Cup fixture, which came only two days after their 1-1 draw with Newcastle United, was the second game of a gruelling run of four matches in eight days for Spurs.
Mourinho’s side face Maccabi Haifa at home in a Europa League playoff on Thursday before a league fixture at Manchester United on Sunday.
Mourinho made nine changes to the team who had faced Newcastle, sticking with first-choice goalkeeper Hugo Lloris instead of new signing Joe Hart.
He gave a second start in three days to Eric Dier, who stepped up to score the first penalty kick.
“I have to think about three games at the same time. But the players only thought about this game, they were phenomenal. Phenomenal,” added Mourinho, just as he praised England international Dier who left the pitch to go to the toilet during the second half.
“What happened to Eric Dier is not normal, I have to praise him in a special way. It should be forbidden for a player to play two games in 48 hours at this level. What he did is not human to do.”
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard speaks to Sky Sports: “Anything can happen on penalties, you want to stay in these competitions of course but there’s lots to like. We dominated the first half but the game changed, I’m happy with bits.”
“They went long in the second half, missed our press out, a clear change in tactics from them and we need to improve on that. We can react better. If we get the second goal when on top and be more positive – that will come.”
“We looked tired at the end which was understandable given where we are at. Timo Werner had some cramping at the end so he didn’t take a penalty.”