Chelsea vs Tottenham LIVE: Davies own goal howler puts Blues in control in EFL Carabao Cup

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CHELSEA are hosting Tottenham TONIGHT in a mouth-watering Carabao Cup semi-final first-leg tie at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues – with Romelu Lukaku back in the starting XI – have taken an early lead after Kai Havertz’s strike was deflected in off Davinson Sanchez.

And it got even worse for returning boss Antonio Conte in the 34th minute, after a mix-up involving Japhet Tanganga and Ben Davies saw the Welshman knock it in for an own goal to double Chelsea’s lead.

Meanwhile, the other Carabao Cup semi-final which was due to take place tomorrow night – between Arsenal and Liverpool – has been postponed after Liverpool requested the tie be postponed because of a Covid outbreak at the club.

  • Kick-off time: 7.45pm
  • TV/ live stream: Sky Sports Main Event/ Football
  • Chelsea XI: Kepa; Azpilicueta, Sarr, Rudiger, Alonso; Jorginho, Mount, Saul; Havertz, Ziyech, Lukaku
  • Spurs XI: Lloris; Emerson, Tanganga, Sanchez, Davies, Doherty; Hojbjerg, Skipp, Moura; Son, Kane
  • Kante and Thiago Silva OUT after positive Covid tests

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  • Chelsea 2 Spurs 0

    86. Marcos Alonso should have done more with a well placed free-kick but he cracks it into the wall.

    Azpilicueta is struggling with his hamstring but Spurs have the ball and are mounting an attack.

    The Blues clear but Tottenham get the ball back and build another chance that needs to be punched away by Kepa.

    Chelsea race up the other end where Lukaku creates an opportunity but Sanchez covers the danger.

  • Chelsea 2 Spurs 0

    84. This one is fizzling out.

    Chelsea made a ferocious start and then chilled out once two goals ahead.

    Spurs enjoyed a brief spike after a half-time rollocking from Conte.

    But the visitors never really showed the skill or desire to score two away from home against the European champions.

    Lukaku has not repaid disgruntled Chelsea fans with anything of substance yet.

  • Chelsea 2 Spurs 0

    80. Another change for the Blues as Ziyech is hooked for Christian Pulisic.

    Spurs swap Moura or Gil and Son for Lo Celso.

    Hardly inspiring subs so Conte seems to be just preserving his first-teamers for the final few minutes.

    Tanganga heads over a good chance when he gets ahead of Rudiger at a free-kick.

  • Chelsea 2 Spurs 0

    77. Ziyech blows another fine chance miles over the bar after Tottenham decide against marking him – or even recognising his existence.

    A deep cross from the left finds the former Ajax man with loads of space and he takes the chance first time on the volley.

    But his strike rockets off the edge of his foot and into the stand.

    Tottenham are lucky this has not turned into a rout.

  • Chelsea 2 Spurs 0

    71. Chelsea make a double substitution.

    Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Mateo Kovacic enter to replace Mason Mount and Saul Niguez.

    Tottenham make one change with Harry Winks on for Oliver Skipp.

    New-look midfields for both sides for the last 20 minutes.

  • Chelsea 2 Spurs 0

    70. Moura gets a chance with a volley after Royal whips in a cross but it loops over.

    Tottenham are like a different side this half but they still don’t really look like scoring a goal.

    A sharper Lukaku or more credible Werner would have helped Chelsea leave this Spurs side for dust.

    But they remain a faint threat if they can somehow muster up a goal against the run of play.

  • Chelsea 2 Spurs 0

    65.Timo Werner miss – yes that’s right, the pseudo-striker misses another sitter.

    A brilliant pass disects the Spurs defence and leaves the hapless forward with a prime chance.

    He decides to lob Lloris but his tame effort is grabbed by the outstretched Frenchman.

    It almost seems a form of torture to keep playing Werner as a central striker.

  • Chelsea 2 Spurs 0

    66. Another half chance for Tottenham as Moura and Ryal combine down the right.

    That comes to nothing but Ben Davies then keeps up the pressure over the other side.

    Moura is having a much bigger influence.

  • Chelsea 2 Spurs 0

    62. Werner almost scores a goal – yes, Timo Werner.

    Spurs insists on backtracking away from the German striker so he fires a sht that fizzes just wide.

    Then Sarr gets a yellow for catching Kane with a wayward arm. The right call as it didn’t seem a malicious elbow attack.

  • Chelsea 2 Spurs 0

    Poor Timo Werner gets his first sign of action but is called offside as soon as his fifth touch gets the ball under control.

    This looked the perfect game to build up his confidence after the first 45 but Tottenham seem to have toughned up over the break so he will not find it as fun as Kai Havertz did.

    Chelsea are knocking it about, getting touches and probing.

    And then Tanganga does his best to gift Chelsea a chance with a clueless attempt at dribbling into midfield.

  • Chelsea 2 Spurs 0

    55. Harry Kane’s heat map looks like a cry for help as he has failed to tough the ball in Chelsea’s penalty box.

    Lukaku tees up a dreamy chance for Ziyech but he makes his left-foot effort so obvious that Lloris catches it almost sarcastically.

    Moura then creates an opening for Ndombele at the other end but he blazes wide.

    Exciting start to the half with Spurs showing some fight.

  • Chelsea 2 Spurs 0

    51. Spurs look like a side that has left the half-time hair dryer.

    They launch another attack until Son is masterfully tackled by Saul.

    The Blues get back in the drving seat with Alonso crossing and Lukaku connecting with a volley that dribbles into Lloris’ hands.

  • Chelsea 2 Spurs 0

    48. Ndombele gets stuck straight in by winning a free-kick right on the edge of the box for a foul from Sarr.

    Son and Ndombele like the look of the angle.

    But it’s the Englishman that hits it and Kepa has to make a standard save to his right.

  • All change here

    Timo Werner has come on for Kai Havertz, wonder how many chances Timo can miss in 45 minutes instead of 90.

    And Conte has shuffled around his defence with midfielder Ndombele entering the disaster zone for Matt Doherty.

    Spurs’ back five has now become a four – who on earth knows if that can help.

  • Chelsea 2 Spurs 0

    Tottenham are definitely missing Eric Dier but I am not sure how much he will be missing these team-mates.

    Conte will earn his wages with the changes he makes in the coming minutes.

    Chelsea have enough talent on the bench to make it even more difficult later in the game.

    And Lukaku will want to make up for his missed chance.

    Hugo Lloris might want to think about faking a cough and shooting off home before this gets out of hand.

  • Chelsea 2 Spurs 0

    The second goal is a calamity.

    A lack of communication, a lack of composure and a whiff of comedy.

    Tanganga had the time to chest the ball down and boot it into row z.

    But he panicked and headed it into Ben Davies’ poor unsuspecting face.

    You would be disppointed to let your mates conjure that up in your sunday side.

  • Chelsea 2 Spurs 0

    Any Tottenham player who survives the break will consider themselves lucky.

    With just 31 per cent possessionm and ZERO attempts on goal, the visitors have stunk the Bridge out.

    Havertz has definitely been awarded the opener but it was still shocking stuff from Spurs.

    This does not look a defence that is desperate to play out from the back and dictate play.

  • Chelsea 2 Spurs 0

    47. Plucky little Lucas Moura does his best to invent a chance right on the whistle but he gets no support and loses it.

    The referee does call an interval so Spurs’ shellshocked men can catch a breath and a rollocking.

    There is not much on the bench for Conte to play with so he might have to come up with something ingenous on the tactics board.

  • Chelsea 2 Spurs 0

    45. If this was a boxing match the referee would be having a very close look and wondering whether to stop this battering.

    Tottenham look to have returned to the the dark old pre-Conte days.

    It’s a surprise the fiery little Italian has managed to keep his hair on so far as his side has reeked.

    Expect big changes at the break, if not in personnel then surely in tactics and effort.

  • Chelsea 2 Spurs 0

    41. It should be 3-0 and all done but Lukaku heads a perfect chance wide.

    Ziyech is afforded all of the Kings Road to pick out a cross.

    It lands on the scolded Belgian’s head but the connection is rubbish and the ball slices wide.

    Woeful defending from Spurs, they get away with another one there.

  • Chelsea 2 Spurs 0

    39. Finally a moment of quality from Spurs as Sanchez glides past a couple of Chelsea midfielders and creates an attack.

    Emerson gets a deep cross in that Doherty heads into the danger zone.

    But Kepa eventually grabs the ball and calms down his defence that must have been shocked by the first sniff of pressure in 40 mins.

  • Chelsea 2 Spurs 0

    36. Tanganga was under no pressure at all and could have headed the ball anywhere.

    Inexplicably he nodded straight against his team-mate and it cannoned in their own goal.

    Dismal defending from a side that looks lost in West London and needs to get back North ASAP.

  • Chelsea 2 Tottenham 0

    34. Farcical football as Tottenham crash in a definite own goal.

    Whipped in free-kick that Tanganga heads against Davies and past Lloris.

    Slapstick football from a terrible Tottenham team.

    Two nil and more to come it feels.

  • Chelsea 1 Spurs 0

    33 Rudiger misses a decent chance from a corner after nobody from Tottenham fancies marking him.

    Chelsea keep the ball and whip across a couple more until Mount gets a chance to wrap his foot around it.

    Lloris dives out and catches the bouncing ball on the bounce before a Blue attacker can finish.

  • Chelsea 1 Spurs 0

    31 Hojbjerg and Skipp getting the runaround in central midfield, Kane isolated up front and sweet FA happening out wide.

    Tottenham’s embattled defence only conceding one so far os probably the best part of their game so far.

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