Chelsea seized control of their Carabao Cup semi-final tie against Tottenham Hotspur, beating their London rivals 2-0 in the first leg thanks to an early strike by Kai Havertz and an own goal by Spurs defender Ben Davies.
The Blues swamped their visitors right from the kickoff and, after a mix-up in the Spurs defence in the fifth minute, Havertz fired an angled shot that was goal-bound before it went in off the foot of Davinson Sanchez.
Half an hour later, the hosts got their second goal, albeit with a large slice of luck, as Japhet Tanganga headed away a Hakim Ziyech free-kick, only for the ball to rebound into the Spurs net off Davies’ shoulder.
The win dented the hopes of Spurs, under former Chelsea coach Antonio Conte, of winning a first trophy since lifting the competition in 2008. The second-leg takes place next Wednesday, when Tottenham will be hoping home advantage inspires a comeback.
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GOAL! Davies with a calamitous own goal
GOAL! Havertz gives Chelsea an early lead
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Chelsea team news: Lukaku back in starting lineup
Tottenham team news: Dier out, Doherty at left wing-back
Report as Chelsea take charge of tie
22:56 , Matt Verri
More from Conte...
22:22 , Matt Verri
“It is not easy to play at Stamford Bridge, the way they were very concentrated, they won the ball every time and then we conceded also a goal we were unlucky,” Conte said.
When you start the game and after a few minutes they score, for sure the game becomes very difficult.
“But, I know the situation, it is very clear in this moment there is an important gap. We have to try to fight to stay in the league in a good position, but if we think we are close, I think we are not in the right way.”
Antonio Conte’s reaction...
22:19 , Matt Verri
“It was a difficult game, difficult from the start, Chelsea showed to be much better than us,” Conte said.
“The first half, we struggled a lot from the start but we know that we are talking about one of the best teams in Europe, in the world, last season they won the Champions League. If you compare the two teams there is not a comparison.
“We are talking about a team ready to win - today we have seen the difference between the two teams.”
Tottenham player ratings...
22:16 , Matt Verri
More from Tuchel...
22:09 , Matt Verri
“We never lost the focus, never lost the commitment. The guys who did not play in the past few weeks were strong,” the Chelsea boss said.
“We played 4-4-2 when we had the ball, because there was no one left to play with a back five! We took some minutes on the training pitch to talk through the principles, I found the team very focused to do it right.
“We had some moments in defending where we created a back five, the team was very focused, very open minded.”
Thomas Tuchel’s reaction...
22:07 , Matt Verri
“It seems like a deserved win, an excellent result because it reflects the game, we could have scored more but it is hard to score against Tottenham,” Tuchel said.
“We did create a lot, some huge chances, it could have been possible to score more, the up side is everybody knows it is going to be a tough match, it is not decided yet.
“It was impressive, it is easy to say fresh legs but if you have not played a lot it is sometimes unfair to put [those who haven’t played much] in a big match like this and demand to see fresh legs.”
Chelsea player ratings...
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More from Ziyech...
21:56 , Matt Verri
“It was a good performance for the team - strong first half, second half was a little bit up and down but overall a good performance,” Ziyech said.
“The second half they had chances as well, we had bigger chances, but 2-0, we can be happy with that.
“We put pressure on them, don’t give them the space and time, I think we did good the first half especially.
“We forgot to finish the game, a lot of chances, hopefully we get the job done there.”
Hakim Ziyech’s post-match reaction
21:51 , Matt Verri
“We had four at the back, normally we have five, so that gave us more opportunities upfront,” Ziyech said.
He seemed to play about three different positions tonight, a really impressive display.
Gulf in class...
21:45 , Matt Verri
#thfc FT, 2-0. Lukaku's return was the story but Tanganga was the deadliest player in Chelsea's box. There was a massive gulf between the sides in the first half (confirming what Conte has said all along) but, on the plus side, tie not completely over & 2nd half was much better.
— Dan Kilpatrick (@Dan_KP) January 5, 2022
21:36 , Matt Verri
Chelsea 2-0 Tottenham
No more goals in the second-half, but Chelsea will be delighted with that first-leg as they head into next week very much in control of the tie.
Conte’s side have it all to do at home.
21:35 , Matt Verri
90+4 mins: It nearly got even better!
Werner flicks it through to Lukaku, and his first-time strike is a clean one but straight at Lloris. Easily saved.
21:33 , Matt Verri
90+1 mins: Four minutes added on, Chelsea very much happy to just pass this around now and see it out. Pulisic has gone to right-back.
Job well done for them... as long as it finishes like this.
21:31 , Matt Verri
89 mins: Lukaku runs at Sanchez, and he wins his side a corner.
Azpilicueta has gone down injured and he’s going to be forced off. Vale on for the last few minutes.
Alonso’s corner is straight into Lloris’ arms.
21:30 , Matt Verri
88 mins: As close as Tottenham have come!
Gil gets to the byline on the left after really good work, and it’s diverted towards goal... Kepa saves. Ndombele very nearly gets on the end of the rebound, but Chelsea clear.
21:27 , Matt Verri
86 mins: Davies gives away a silly free-kick on the edge of the box, and Alonso is lining this one up. Right in his territory, 20 yards out... perfect angle for the left-footer.
Straight into the wall. Wasn’t worth the big build-up.
21:26 , Matt Verri
84 mins: Chelsea just knocking the ball around in defence and midfield easily now. They’d be happy enough to take a two-goal advantage into the second-leg.
Kovacic slides it through to Lukaku, but the pass is a weak one and the striker has to turn back.
21:22 , Matt Verri
81 mins: Lo Celso’s first involvement is to put a lovely free-kick into the box. Tanganga wins the header at the near post and it’s a decent chance, but he sends it over the bar.
Should have done better from that position, wasn’t under any real pressure.
21:21 , Matt Verri
79 mins: More changes from both sides.
Ziyech strolls off, with Pulisic coming on in his place. For the visitors... Lo Celso and Gil on, Son and Moura off.
Just over ten minutes for the new faces to have an impact.
21:18 , Matt Verri
77 mins: Alonso whips a deep ball into the box, and Ziyech has lots of space at the far post.
Watches it drop onto his left foot and sends the volley towards goal.... and well over the bar. Optimistic effort, it’s fair to say.
21:17 , Matt Verri
75 mins: Good from Ndombele to force Azpilicueta to kick it straight out of play.
Tottenham have been much better in the second-half, but you wouldn’t say they’ve created many big chances.
21:15 , Matt Verri
73 mins: Change for Spurs too, with Winks replacing Skipp.
Tricky one for the away side in the final 20 minutes or so. Do they really push for a goal back and risk conceding a third... but can they afford to just accept a 2-0 defeat in the first-leg?
21:14 , Matt Verri
72 mins: Headed out well by Spurs, and Son chases after it to forced Chelsea all the way back to Kepa.
Mount off for the Blues, replaced by Kovacic - he was absolutely sensational against Liverpool on the weekend. Loftus-Cheek also on for Saul.
21:13 , Matt Verri
71 mins: Lukaku peels out to the left wing, where he can be so dangerous running at the defence.
Ben Davies makes the tackle as the striker commits him, and Chelsea have a corner.
21:10 , Matt Verri
68 mins: Royal getting forward well from Spurs, and this time the final ball is a bit better.
Not much pace on it though and Moura can only fire over the bar as he tries to divert the cross, which is slightly behind him.
Malik Ouzia at Stamford Bridge
21:08 , Matt Verri
We’re right behind that pass from Hakim Ziyech and I tell you now, you’ll have to go a long way to find a better one. Absolutely magnificent and deserved a better finish.
21:07 , Matt Verri
66 mins: It should be three for Chelsea!
Lukaku so strong and just shrugs off Sanchez. Lays it back to Ziyech and he floats a lovely ball over the top to Werner.
German brings it down as Lloris comes rushing out, goes for the lob... but the Frenchman jumps up and gathers. Very close to being caught out, was Lloris.
21:06 , Matt Verri
65 mins: Alonso makes a mess of controlling the ball and Tottenham nearly take advantage.
Moura plays it wide to Royal who has plenty of space, but can’t beat the first man with his cross. Should really have done better with the ball in.
21:03 , Matt Verri
62 mins: Werner brings the ball forward and the Tottenham defence keeps backing off.
He cuts inside and fires an effort at goal... just wide. That wasn’t far away at all.
Sarr into the book for Chelsea, after catching Kane with an elbow as he challenge to head the bouncing ball. Painful one for the England striker.
Dan Kilpatrick at Stamford Bridge
21:02 , Matt Verri
The introduction of Ndombele and Spurs’ change of shape has definitely led to an improvement, with the Frenchman adding a welcome element of unpredictability to the visitors’ play.
21:02 , Matt Verri
60 mins: Moura swings it wide to Ndombele. Bit of a heavy touch with his chest, just about gets away with it to get past Azpilicueta but not the second time.
21:00 , Matt Verri
58 mins: Chelsea pounce on a loose pass from Spurs and they have plenty of men forward.
Mount plays it inside to Werner. He takes his time and eventually gets a shot away... blocked.
20:57 , Matt Verri
56 mins: Things become a bit scrappier now, both sides challenging for every loose ball.
Chelsea play it over the top for Werner to run onto, but the offside flag goes up.
20:55 , Matt Verri
54 mins: Really good move from Chelsea, but they don’t make enough of it.
Werner turns his man and brings it inside, firing it in to Lukaku. He controls and lays it off to Ziyech, who curls an effort first time at Lloris. Had a lot of time.
Ndombele then has a strike from range for Spurs... miles over the bar.
20:54 , Matt Verri
52 mins: Sarr with a loose pass and Tottenham can get on the attack. Azpilicueta puts the pressure on though and forces Spurs back.
Ndombele goes down wanting a free-kick, but he’s not going to get it.
20:52 , Matt Verri
51 mins: Saul with another brilliant challenge as Son drives forward, that was looking promising for Tottenham.
Werner then uses his pace to get Chelsea up the pitch, before Sanchez slides in to put it out for a throw-in.
20:51 , Matt Verri
49 mins: Kane to take 20 yards out... goes to the keeper’s side and Kepa palms it away relatively easily.
Much, much better from Spurs already.
20:50 , Matt Verri
48 mins: This is a great chance for Spurs.
Ndombele immediately involved and he drives inside... goes down under a challenge from Sarr, and he wins the free-kick. Dangerous position.
20:48 , Matt Verri
46 mins: Well the early signs are that half-time has woken Spurs up!
Lucas Moura with a good run down the right wing and he digs out a dangerous cross. Son looks like he’ll get on the end of it, but Azpilicueta covers well to head it away.
20:47 , Matt Verri
A change from both sides at the break. Werner on for Havertz for Chelsea, while Ndombele replaces Doherty for Spurs.
Looks like a switch to a back four for the visitors.
20:45 , Matt Verri
Reminder that there’s no away goals rule tonight, so Spurs don’t have that to encourage them in the second-half.
If it stayed like this they’d still be in with a shout going into the second leg, but they would obviously love to get at least a goal back.
Spurs boss has seen enough...
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The stats show how dominant Chelsea were.
69% possession for the hosts, with 10 shots. Tottenham have failed to have a single attempt in the first 45 minutes.
You’d imagine Conte has plenty to say at half-time after that...
And that calamitous second...
20:38 , Matt Verri
🗣 "Farcical goal from a Tottenham point of view..."
Hakim Ziyech's inswinger is headed by Japhet Tanganga into the face of Ben Davies and the ball flies beyond Hugo Lloris 👀#CFC 2-0 #THFC
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How Chelsea took the lead...
20:36 , Matt Verri
🗣 "What an explosive start for Chelsea!"#THFC punished for their sloppy start as Japhet Tanganga's poor pass is intercepted before Kai Havertz slots it home for an early #CFC lead!
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Malik Ouzia at Stamford Bridge
20:33 , Matt Verri
The only way that could’ve gone much better for Chelsea is if that Lukaku header had glanced six inches inside the post rather than past it. They’ve been excellent, Spurs have been abject.
20:31 , Matt Verri
Chelsea 2-0 Tottenham
The Blues have been utterly dominant and they have the lead they deserve. Spurs at fault for both of the goals... losing the ball as they tried to play out from the back for the first, and then a shambles of an own goal for the second.
Plenty for Conte to address at half-time.
20:30 , Matt Verri
44 mins: Azpilicueta sees his effort blocked, after Saul makes a brilliant tackle to stop Son breaking away for Spurs.
Ziyech then floats another ball into the box but it’s out for a goal kick.
20:28 , Matt Verri
43 mins: Great turn from Mount and he’s away from Skipp... that is until the Tottenham man grabs his shirt and pulls him to the ground.
Referee is in a generous mood and decides not to show the yellow card.
20:27 , Matt Verri
41 mins: BIG CHANCE.
Ziyech floats a ball into the box, and Sanchez has no chance against Lukaku in the box.
Belgian easily wins the header, but he doesn’t get enough on it and he glances it just wide. Didn’t quite time the jump... if he had, it would have been 3-0.
Malik Ouzia at Stamford Bridge
20:26 , Matt Verri
Chelsea have had Tottenham at arm’s length with such ease so far. Quite literally, in fact, in the case of that goal, because there wasn’t a blue shirt even bothering to attack Ziyech’s delivery when it was nodded against Davies.
Tuchel’s still ranting and raving and after his own side’s comeback here on Sunday, but one more goal tonight could well kill the tie even with the return to come.
20:25 , Matt Verri
40 mins: Decent from Tottenham, as Son plays it wide to Emerson and he has plenty of space on the right.
Stands a ball up to the far post, but Doherty can’t quite stretch enough and his header loops up to Kepa... who makes a bit of a mess of catching it, but does so eventually.
20:23 , Matt Verri
37 mins: How do Tottenham react to that?
2-0 down now and in danger of really letting this tie slip away in the first leg. Both goals felt so avoidable.
GOAL! Chelsea 2-0 Tottenham | Ben Davies OG 34'
20:20 , Matt Verri
WHAT A MESS!
Lukaku wins the free-kick for Chelsea, and it’s a chance to put the ball into the box.
Ziyech takes, Tanganga is under no pressure and tries to head it straight back out... but he heads it straight into Davies and it bounces into his own net. Complete shambles in defence!
20:17 , Matt Verri
32 mins: Half an hour gone, and Lukaku has had four touches. His best moment came inside 20 seconds.
Havertz wins a corner as he tries to get past Tanganga. Ziyech takes, and it somehow gets all the way to Rudiger at the far post.
Drops at his feet, but he can’t quite control it and Spurs can scramble across. Another corner. Kane flicks that one away.
20:15 , Matt Verri
30 mins: Great header at the back post from Doherty to clear the danger.
Ziyech pops up on the left and swings the ball in... Chelsea had two men at the far post, but the Spurs man gets up well to flick it away.
20:13 , Matt Verri
27 mins: Twice Lukaku wants the ball crossed in from Alonso, and twice the Spaniard cuts inside and plays it back.
Plenty of possession but not too many chances created in the last 10 minutes or so from the hosts. Lloris punches away a cross, but it’s not particularly convincing.
20:10 , Matt Verri
25 mins: Free-kick for the visitors, taken short. Royal plays it through to Son and he wins a corner for Spurs as his cross is charged down.
He’ll take the corner himself. Not a great ball but it bounces across the box dangerously... Chelsea just about clear.
20:09 , Matt Verri
24 mins: Tottenham’s best moment of the match, as Moura plays it to Kane and he turns inside.
Pings it out wide to Doherty who controls it well and tries to slide in Son, but Ziyech gets back really well. At last some promising signs for Spurs.
20:07 , Matt Verri
22 mins: Skipp has a couple of goes at tackling Jorginho, before opting for a shove instead. Referee plays the advantage.
Saul then gives away a free-kick, and he’s not entirely thrilled about the decision.
20:05 , Matt Verri
20 mins: Chelsea composed in position... until Rudiger boots it out of play as he tries to switch it to Alonso.
The Blues swiftly have it back though. They’ve had 70% possession in the first 20 minutes.
20:03 , Matt Verri
18 mins: Havertz has started really brightly, and he combines well with Mount before passing it to Ziyech.
He cuts inside on his left-foot, which Tottenham should really be expecting, before curling an effort over the bar.
20:01 , Matt Verri
16 mins: Ziyech runs at Doherty for the first time, before playing it to Mount. He has a shot, which is blocked behind for a corner. First of the match.
Ziyech to take the outswinger. Falls to Mount on the edge of the box... blocked again. Tottenham hanging on a bit in the early stages.
19:59 , Matt Verri
14 mins: Skipp loses it this time and Chelsea break again, with Alonso and Havertz down the left. Played back inside to Saul who lets fly, but it’s easily blocked.
Havertz tries to play the ball towards Lukaku in the box, but gets too much on it.
19:57 , Matt Verri
12 mins: Chelsea passing it around really confidently, Tuchel will be delighted with this start. Azpilicueta swings a cross into the box, but it’s over Lukaku’s head.
Ball then drops to the back post as Tottenham make a complete mess of a clearance... Hojbjerg smashes it straight into Skipp and it falls to Havertz. Takes it quickly, but it’s a tame effort and Lloris saves. That was a real chance.
19:55 , Matt Verri
10 mins: Lucas Moura bursts past Alonso and he has space to run into in the Chelsea half. Tries to play it in to Son, but it’s cut out. Weak pass in the end.
Important glove update from Malik Ouzia at the ground:
“Havertz has got a couple of fingers taped together and is back on but there are no four-digit gloves available, funnily enough, so he’s going Michael Jackson one-glove now.”
19:53 , Matt Verri
8 mins: Tottenham enjoying their first spell of possession of the match, Chelsea happy enough to let them have it in defence. Kane is then wrestled off it as he tries to make something happen.
Havertz coming back on, after receiving some treatment.
Malik Ouzia at Stamford Bridge
19:52 , Matt Verri
Chelsea have started with a back-four tonight but that didn’t stop Alonso getting really high up the pitch to nick the ball off Emerson to make that goal. It looks like Havertz might have dislocated a finger landing awkwardly after hurdling the ‘keeper to score.
GOAL! Chelsea 1-0 Tottenham | Kai Havertz 5'
19:50 , Matt Verri
WHAT A START FOR CHELSEA!
They’ve been right at it from the start, and they have their reward. Tottenham try to play out from the back, and Alonso pounces on a loose pass from Tanganga.
Slides it through to Havertz, and he fires past Lloris... Sanchez tries to clear but he can only send it into the roof of the net. Chelsea lead!
Malik Ouzia at Stamford Bridge
19:48 , Matt Verri
The reaction to Lukaku’s name being read out was neither here nor there really. No big roar of forgiveness, no wide-spread condemnatory boos either. You thought it might open up for him inside 20 seconds there but he went for the pull-back that Havertz wasn’t expecting.
19:47 , Matt Verri
2 mins: Free-kick Chelsea in a decent position, Mount looking to whip something into the box.
Into the box... and over everyone. Out of play for a throw-in. Not what he was looking for.
19:46 , Matt Verri
1 min: That was very nearly an immediate impact for Lukaku back in the side!
20 seconds into the match and Havertz flicks it on, and the Belgian is bursting into the box. Decides not to shoot and tries to square it to Havertz instead, but the ball is behind the German and Spurs can clear.
19:45 , Matt Verri
Here we go then!
The first leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final is underway at Stamford Bridge.
19:42 , Matt Verri
No away goals rule for these semi-finals, so Chelsea don’t have to worry about that tonight.
Great atmosphere at Stamford Bridge, with the players out onto the pitch. Not long now...
19:38 , Matt Verri
Lukaku back in the starting lineup. Conte’s relationship with the Belgian. Conte returning to Stamford Bridge. A cup semi-final. A London derby.
So many sub-plots to tonight’s match. Kick-off in just over five minutes... let’s hope it’s a thriller!
Conte: Tottenham must improve mentality
19:33 , Matt Verri
Antonio Conte told Standard Sport that Tottenham must change the mentality at the club if they are to secure silverware.
“Now I think we are starting again to build something important,” Conte said. “We lost many, many players compared to the past.
“Now there are young players and we have to wait for them to improve and get experience. Then also [we need] to get the right mentality that you must have for sure to win.”
You can read more of what Conte had to say right here.
Dan Kilpatrick at Stamford Bridge
19:27 , Matt Verri
"Thomas Tuchel gives the Belgian striker an immediate chance to begin repaying the Chelsea fans."
🗣 @Dan_KP gives his pre-match thoughts from Stamford Bridge.
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— Standard Sport (@standardsport) January 5, 2022
Warm-ups well underway...
19:23 , Matt Verri
Kante and Silva out with Covid
19:20 , Matt Verri
N’Golo Kante and Thiago Silva both miss out tonight, and the club have confirmed that the pair have both tested positive for Covid-19.
“It’s huge for us because they are two huge players,” Tuchel said.
“We had the last information today in the morning, so it is quite challenging, but we will push. The guys who are here have our trust and our belief.
“We will push things to the maximum. The situation hasn’t changed since some weeks ago, it’s not the moment to repeat it, from here we are looking for solutions. I have trust in the guys who play and hopefully we put in a strong performance.”
Tuchel on Kepa starting...
19:16 , Matt Verri
Kepa will get a run in the Chelsea side over the next few weeks, with Mendy away at the Africa Cup of Nations, and his manager is confident that the Spaniard will step up to the plate.
“It is not even a chance, it is just what he deserves,” Tuchel said.
“He is here to play, here to be a good team-mate - he is an outstanding character and fantastic goalkeeper. I have no doubt he will prove it. I feel him very calm and that is why we are calm.”
How Tottenham reached the semi-finals...
19:09 , Matt Verri
Spurs needed penalties to get past Wolves at the start of their Carabao Cup run, before Lucas Moura scored the only goal as they beat Burnley 1-0 away from home. That proved to be the last Tottenham goal under Nuno Espirito Santo.
In the last round, Spurs were pushed hard by West Ham but eventually came through to win 2-1 and book their place in the last four. Bergwijn and Moura got the goals.
Hosts have arrived...
19:03 , Matt Verri
How Chelsea reached the semi-finals...
18:58 , Matt Verri
It hasn’t been the smoothest of routes to the last four for Thomas Tuchel’s side. In each of their first two ties in the competition this season they needed penalties after 1-1 draws at home, first to Aston Villa and then to Southampton.
In the quarter-finals, Chelsea beat Brentford 2-0 despite naming a much-changed side. An own goal from Pontus Jansson and a penalty from Jorginho came in the last ten minutes as the Blues eventually got the job done.
18:52 , Matt Verri
Lukaku straight back into the starting lineup for Chelsea, and you’d imagine he’ll be feeling he has a point to prove. Looks like it might be a back four for the Blues... but Saul Niguez could be playing wing-back instead if Chelsea stick to their usual system.
For Tottenham, Doherty starts out of position at left-wing back, with Reguilon on the bench. No Eric Dier for the visitors, so Tanganga and Sanchez start alongside Davies in the back three. Lucas, Son and Kane all start in attack.
18:47 , Matt Verri
Starting XI: Lloris, Royal, Tanganga, Sanchez, Davies, Doherty, Hojbjerg, Skipp, Lucas, Son, Kane
Subs: Gollini, Austin, Rodon, Reguilon, Winks, Dele, Lo Celson, Ndombele, Gil
18:45 , Matt Verri
Starting XI: Arrizabalaga, Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Sarr, Alonso, Mount, Jorginho, Niguez, Havertz, Ziyech, Lukaku
Subs: Bettinelli, Kovacic, Loftus-Cheek, Barkley, Pulisic, Werner, Hudson-Odoi, Vale, Hall
18:34 , Matt Verri
Just over ten minutes to go until we get the team news from Stamford Bridge. Fair bit of uncertainty, particularly around the Tottenham team with those Covid cases.
All will soon be revealed...
Lukaku back in the squad
18:22 , Matt Verri
Romelu Lukaku is back and available for selection, after he apologised to the club and supporters for his interview in which he revealed his frustrations.
In a video statement to the Chelsea fans, he said: “To the fans, I’m sorry for the upset that I caused.
“You guys know the connection that I have with this club since my teenage years, I totally understand you guys being upset.”
Thomas Tuchel confirmed there would be action taken against Lukaku, but that his exile will not be continued.
“There will be some discipline action of course and he will accept it, of course,” said Tuchel.
“It happened what happened. It’s not a small thing, it’s not the biggest thing and it doesn’t make a comeback impossible, absolutely not.”
18:12 , Matt Verri
Chelsea predicted XI (3-4-3): Arrizabalaga; Sarr, Silva, Rudiger; Hudson-Odoi, Jorginho, Barkley, Alonso; Ziyech, Pulisic, Lukaku.
Tottenham predicted XI (3-4-2-1): Lloris; Sanchez, Rodon, Davies; Royal, Skipp, Hojbjerg, Reguilon; Lucas, Son; Kane.
Other semi-final postponed
18:06 , Matt Verri
Arsenal were due to host Liverpool in the first leg of the other Carabao Cup semi-final tomorrow night, but that match has now been postponed.
The Reds made a formal request for the match to be called off due to a “rapidly growing number” of suspected Covid cases, resulting in the club’s training ground being shut.
The first leg will now take place at Anfield on January 13, previously planned to be the return fixture, with the Emirates clash moved back to January 20.
You can read more about that here.
17:59 , Matt Verri
Chelsea are enduring a rough period both on and off the pitch, while Tottenham have not yet got their revolution in full swing under Conte, despite signs of progress.
The hosts may secure a slender advantage here to leave it all to play for in the return leg next week.
Chelsea to win, 2-1.
Tottenham team news
17:49 , Matt Verri
For Tottenham, Cristian Romero, Ryan Sessegnon and Steven Bergwijn remain out but Antonio Conte has no fresh injury concerns following the weekend’s late win over Watford.
However, Spurs have been waiting on follow-up PCR tests on two players, including one of their key men.
“We are checking a couple of situations about Covid – and we’ll see,” Conte said on Monday.
“Two players but we’re not sure 100 percent if they’re going to miss the game. We didn’t [name individuals] in the past and we’ll continue in the same way.”
Chelsea team news
17:35 , Matt Verri
Tuchel has a decision to make over Romelu Lukaku, after the striker was dropped for Sunday’s 2-2 draw with Liverpool following an explosive interview in which he spoke of being unhappy at Stamford Bridge.
It has been confirmed that Lukaku will return to the squad after apologising, but whether he starts or has to make do with a place on the bench remains to be seen.
Timo Werner was also missing as he returns from a Covid absence and the German remains a major doubt, while Reece James and Ben Chilwell are still injured and Edouard Mendy has left to join up with Senegal ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations.
Trevoh Chalobah is out, while Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Andreas Christensen are doubts.
How to watch Chelsea vs Tottenham
17:26 , Matt Verri
TV channel: Tonight’s match will be televised live on both Sky Sports Football and Main Event, with coverage beginning at 7pm.
Live stream: Sky Sports subscribers will also be able to watch the game online via the Sky Go app.
Or follow it all right here with our live blog!
17:19 , Matt Verri
Hello and welcome to Standard Sport’s LIVE coverage as Chelsea host Tottenham in the first leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final tie.
Thomas Tuchel’s side had a breathless draw against Liverpool in their last match, and while they earned a point it does mean they have won just one of their last five matches at home.
Tottenham meanwhile are sure to target this competition, which is a real chance for Antonio Conte to secure silverware early in his time at Spurs.
We have Dan Kilpatrick and Malik Ouzia at Stamford Bridge, and we’ll have all the latest updates, build-up and team news, ahead of kick-off which comes at 7:45pm GMT at Stamford Bridge.