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Spurs lost the second leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final 1-0 on home soil last night, with Antonio Rudiger scoring the only goal of the game from a corner to secure a 3-0 aggregate victory following some uncertain goalkeeping from surprise starter Pierluigi Gollini.
Tottenham also had two penalties correctly overturned by VAR, while Harry Kane saw a second-half effort ruled out for offside on a sobering night for Antonio Conte, whose selection decisions were met with criticism by fans and pundits alike.
Chelsea’s win over Spurs was the eighth in their last 10 games against their London rivals and saw them reach a third major final already under current manager Thomas Tuchel, who only succeeded Frank Lampard in the job in February 2020.
The Blues are still fighting on all fronts this season despite a daunting 10-point gap to leaders Manchester City in the Premier League, with the Club World Cup in the UAE coming up as well as Lille and Plymouth in the next stages of the Champions League and FA Cup respectively.
— Chesterfield FC (@ChesterfieldFC) January 12, 2022
Chelsea booked their place against more lower-tier opposition in the FA Cup fourth round after a 5-1 thrashing of National League outfit Chesterfield, who did at least reward their passionate travelling fans with a goal at Stamford Bridge last weekend courtesy of Dutch striker Akwasi Asante’s late effort.
That’s more than Tottenham managed over the course of 270 minutes if you also include their 3-0 top-flight defeat under Nuno Espirito Santo in September - as the Spireites were only too eager to point out on social media.
Replying to Spurs’ full-time tweet on Wednesday night, Chesterfield posted alongside a picture of Asante’s celebrations: “Well, not everyone can score against the European Champions…”