Tottenham vs Chelsea: Master Jose Mourinho beat his apprentice Frank Lampard in the London derby of the round of 16 of the English League Cup thanks to the penalty shoot-out that decided the tie (5-4) after the 1-1 with which 90 minutes are up. Tottenham was clearly inferior in the first half and went ahead with a goal from Timo Werner, but reacted after the break and Erik Lamela made it 1-1 shortly after the end.
Chelsea was the owner and lord of the first half from the opening whistle, although for many moments their dominance was based simply on controlling the ball against Tottenham who remained in their plot waiting for their opportunity even when they were behind on the scoreboard.
Reguilon debuts and Kane on the bench
Both former Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho and Frank Lampard introduced rotations. The Portuguese made Sergio Reguilon debut but left Harry Kane on the bench and neither summoned Son nor, again, Dele Alli, and Tottenham did not exist in attack until the second half in the absence of their best offensive exponents.
Lampard, who made his debut for the newly signed Edouard Mendy and left Kepa Arrizabalaga on the bench, gave Olivier Giroud the title ahead of Timo Werner and the invention worked since the German, on the first occasion he had after a great play scored by Cesar Azpilicueta. The Navarrese full-back stole Sergio Reguilon, then sat him down with a cut and put the ball to Werner, who controlled and nailed the ball into the net with a left-footed shot hitting the post from outside the area (19 ‘).
In the absence of football on the part of his team, Mourinho wanted to liven up the game with his usual share of prominence by having a discussion in the band with Lampard, his disciple on the benches after having him under his command for many years as a player at Chelsea.
The possession of the ‘blues’ in the first half was overwhelming, 74 percent, but Tottenham gave him two scares. The first was solved by Kurt Zouma avoiding in extremis that Gedson Fernandes shot (23′), while Erik Lamela allowed Edouard Mendy to show his reflexes by deflecting his cross-shot with his right foot to start winning the battle for ownership with Kepa (36′) ).
Tottenham reacts after the break
The decoration changed after the break. spurs came out more determined, took a step forward and Reguilon again tried a sure Mendy (50 ‘). The dominance was balanced as Chelsea sinned in conformism and ended up paying it despite the fact that, on his only two occasions, Werner forced Hugo Lloris to show off with a cross-shot and Callum Hudson-Odoi missed a sung goal.
Mourinho put Harry Kane into the fray in the 70th minute, Tottenham insisted, and finally, it was Lamela who forced the penalty shootout by receiving only from Reguilon and shooting Mendy. The Argentine, in addition to seeing his indefatigable fight against the world at the top rewarded, once again revealed a Chelsea that falters in defense.
The plan worked out well for Mourinho, who contained Chelsea in the first half with a very defensive approach before seeking a reaction after the break and forcing a penalty shoot-out that was expensive. After making the first nine pitches, young Mason Mount threw out the last one and gave Tottenham a pass to the quarterfinals.