Tottenham remain on the road for the first piece of silver since 2008, after beating Stoke City 3-1 and reaching the Carabao Cup semi-finals.
The Spurs will face Brentford in the last four.
Gareth Bale sent Jose Mourinho to his place with a deft header in the 22nd minute, but Stoke fought back after Jordan Thompson’s (53) smart breakthrough finish.
The Spurs, who were forced to bring Heung-Min Son instead of Bale on a calf injury break, eventually regained control of the process as Ben Davies beat goalkeeper Andy Lonergan, 70, with years of effort before Harry Kane took his place. in the last four minutes of time.
When is the semi-final draw?
Tottenham joined Man City and Brentford leaders from the championship in the semi-final draw on Wednesday night. Everton or Man Utd will complete the semi-final lineup, and the draw will take place after their game on Wednesday night.
How did Mourinho’s love for the League Cup continue …
Stoke faced a goalkeeping dilemma ahead of the clash with Tottenham, and 37-year-old Andy Lonergan, who was Liverpool’s fourth pick last year, was thrown into action early, taking away a strong boost from Harry Kane on his near post.
Stoke: Lonergan (7), Collins (6), Batth (7), Souttar (6), Smith (6), Cousins (6), Thompson (7), Fox (5), Oakley-Boothe (6), McClean (6), Brown (7).
Subs: Fletcher (6), Powell (6), Vokes (no).
Tottenham: Lloris (6), Doherty (7), Sanchez (7), Dier (7), Davies (8), Hojbjerg (7), Winks (8), Alli (7), Lucas (6), Bale (7), Kane (8).
Subs: Son (6), Lamela (6), Sissoko (7).
Man of the match: Harry winks
Lonergan couldn’t do anything with the Spurs opener, although Bale, who wanted to make an impression after Jose Mourinho gave him a rare start, headed the Spurs ahead of the first half.
The Wales international remained unmarked and he took a Harry Winks cross into the bottom corner, leaving Lonergan without a chance.
The Spurs had complete control and Dele Alli had two chances to increase the lead, but Lonergan, playing his first game since March 2019, denied him both times to keep Stoke in the game.
The Spurs were forced to change in the break with Bale, who told Mourinho he could not continue, he was replaced by Son, but Stoke was the one who came out in the second half with renewed strength, and the champion team equalized in the 53rd minute with their first shot in the goal.
They broke the right side, and Thompson centered Jacob Brown into the distance.
- Stoke made six changes, including Andy Lonergan, Danny Batth and James McClean, who joined the Champions Club.
- Jose Mourinho named a strong side and gave starts to Harry Kane, Gareth Bale and Dele Alli at Bet365 Stadium.
Mourinho scored Eric Lamela and Musa Sissoka instead of Dele Alli and Lucas Moura, and the Spurs regained the lead in the remaining 20 minutes as Ben Davies scored his first goal of 2017 with a strong low effort from 25 yards.
The Spurs were given little room to breathe and killed the game nine minutes before Sissoko played in Kane and the English captain took the ball home to a complete victory.
What the managers said …
Stoke boss Michael O’Neill: “We expected the Spurs to come with a strong team, maybe not as strong as they stared at, they have quality all over the field. I thought we took a lot of credit for our performance in the second half, we equalized with a good goal.
“In the first half we were calm and timid and we didn’t influence everyone at all. The Spurs showed class and quality with their finals. We didn’t play against that quality in terms of their top three, we play against the highest quality Premier League. We gave a decent account of ourselves. “
“Yeah, that was his decision. Something he felt in the last half of the first half and he didn’t want to come out before the second half, so he stayed. Something I mean with (his) calf.”
Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho: “To win this trophy, we have to win two games. But these are two very difficult games. To win other trophies, you have to win more games. The FA Cup has not started for us. We are in the last 32 Europa League.
“We are really far from getting there. In the Premier League I have already told you what we are. But these are very difficult two matches. If you win in the first, you have to win in the second.
“The teams that will be there are very tough teams. Man City is very tough. Brentford, for me, the way they play is not a championship, they are the Premier League. And Everton or Manchester United are one of the best teams. But we are in the semi-finals and we will be there to fight. “
The man of the match – Harry Winks
He winks: We hope we can continue like this
He winks as he talks to Sky Sports:
“Really happy with that performance – it’s a cold, wet and windy Wednesday night in Stoke, so it was hard, but we signed up well, we were aggressive and ready to compete which made it a lot easier for us.
“We knew they were going to be a threat, they are a good side, they are doing well in the championship. We knew they were going to be a threat and they scored points, but the team mentality was to keep going and doing what put us in the lead and luckily that brought victory.
“I’m really happy with my own performance, it was hard minutes and it’s hard to get into a game of this intensity when you didn’t have a lot of minutes. The guys were brilliant and hard to come by, but the guys pulled through it so I’m really happy.
“Hopefully we can continue like this – this is such a tough competition with so many good teams left so it’s going to be a tough semi-final whoever we get, but we’re doing well, it’s been another positive performance from us.”
General statistics – Mourinho’s impressive record in the League Cup continues
- Jose Mourinho reached the semi-finals of the League Cup for the fifth time, continuing to win the competition on each of the previous four occasions in which his sides reached this stage (2004-05, 2006-07, 2014-15 and 2016-17).
- The Spurs reached the League Cup semi-finals for the second time in the last three seasons, only to be knocked out by Chelsea in the 2018-19 season.
- Gareth Bale scored in consecutive appearances in the League Cup eight years and 53 days apart, and his previous goal came against Norwich in October 2012.
- Harry Kane scored 10 goals in 11 games against Stoke in all competitions, making the Potters the 5th team against which he scored double figures in his club career.
- Stoke City have lost each of their last six games against the Spurs in all competitions, their worst ongoing defeat in a fight against either side.
Tottenham returned to the Premier League on Sunday 27 December when a trip to the Wolves awaits them, live Sky Sports; start 19.15.
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Stoke City plays on Boxing Day. A trip to Coventry City awaits them in the championship; start at 15:00.