Tottenham vs Chelsea tactics: Predicting where the Carabao Cup semi-final second leg will be won and lost

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Tottenham vs Chelsea tactics: Predicting where the Carabao Cup semi-final second leg will be won and lost
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Tottenham and Chelsea meet at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Wednesday night in the second leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final.

Chelsea hold a 2-0 lead from the first leg after Kai Havertz and an own goal from Ben Davies gave them victory at Stamford Bridge last week.

Here, Standard Sport’s James Robson looks at where the game could be won and lost...

Can Tottenham stay in the tie for long enough?

One goal for Chelsea and it is surely all over for Spurs.

If they can keep it tight for long enough, then a goal could rattle Chelsea’s nerves.

There are still serious questions over Tuchel’s side following their December slump — and keeping clean sheets has been an issue, as has been conceding late goals.

So if Spurs can stay in the tie heading into the closing stages, it will be a real test of Chelsea’s mettle.

But Conte’s side cannot afford to concede cheap goals like they did in the first leg.

Stopping Lukaku

Nobody knows better than Conte just how dangerous a fit and firing Romelu Lukaku can be.

The Belgian has never looked better than under the Italian at Inter Milan.

Had Conte succeeded in bringing him to Chelsea when in charge, history could have looked a lot different.

 (Chelsea FC via Getty Images)
(Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

For the all the controversy surrounding Lukaku in recent weeks, it has been somewhat overlooked that he has been back among the goals.

Since returning from an ankle injury last month, he has scored four in his last six games. And he would love to continue that streak against his old boss tonight.

Kante and Silva risk

Tuchel admits it would be a big risk to throw N’Golo Kante and Thiago Silva into the action after their Covid absences.

He will take a late decision on whether to include them in the squad.

Spurs did not make the most of their absence in the first leg and must capitalise on it tonight if either or both miss out.

Both were outstanding in Chelsea’s 3-0 win in the League earlier in the season, with Silva opening the scoring and Kante coming off the bench at half-time to turn the game.

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