Carabao Cup: Pochettino reveals why Tottenham lost to Chelsea


Tottenham Hotspur manager, Mauricio Pochettino, has said the Carabao Cup’s new away goals rule cost his side, after they were beaten on penalties by Chelsea in Thursday’s semi-final.

With Spurs leading 1-0 from the first leg, goals from N’Golo Kante and Eden Hazard turned the tie around for Maurizio Sarri’s men at Stamford Bridge.

Fernando Llorente headed home Danny Rose’s cross to level the tie at 2-2 on aggregate, but Eric Dier and Lucas Moura missed from the spot to give Chelsea’s a 4-2 penalty shoot-out triumph.

Previous Carabao Cup rules would have seen Spurs force extra-time and potentially progress on away goals with the tie levelled at 2-2, but the competition changed its rules this term.

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“I think it’s a competition. We came here to try and win the game and to try and be in the final.

“Congratulations to Chelsea. I think they deserved [to win].


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