Carabao Cup 2018-19, Tottenham 1-0 Chelsea: 5 Talking Points
- The second leg will be played on January 22
A controversial penalty from Harry Kane in the 26th minute turned out to be the difference between the two sides, who meet again on 22 January at Stamford Bridge to battle it out for the final spot. Remember, the away goal rule doesn't stand here.
The Blues were fairly dominant for larger parts of the game, having registered around 17 shots on opposition goal. The hosts did have their chances as well, but a slice of fortune and the lack of a killer's instinct from Chelsea spared their blushes.
While one could blame the VAR decision, they can simply not ignore the chances Chelsea spilt.
Hence, without further delay, let's analyse the five major talking points from the blockbuster London derby between Spurs and Chelsea.
#1 The game was open as both sides looked to play on the front foot
Right from the outset, Callum Hudson-Odoi sparkled into life and turned on the heat map down the right flank. However, it was Son who got in behind Andreas Christensen and fortunately for the latter, both went to ground and nothing was given.
Just a couple of minutes later, on the back of a fruitful exchange between Trippier and Son, Kane found himself with a chance and he attempted a bicycle kick, but his audacious effort didn't reap the expected reward.
Hudson-Odoi then received a switched pass, took on Danny Rose and launched one straight at Paulo Gazzaniga. Moments later, Barkley spurned a golden chance from a corner.
Eden Hazard got into the act as well, wriggling past a couple of challenges and fizzing one at the Spurs goalkeeper.