Tottenham and Manchester City gained the upper hand after the first leg of the Carabao Cup semifinals results, defeating Chelsea 1-0 and Burton 9-0 respectively. The results give them a vital advantage ahead of the all-important second legs which will be played two weeks later on 23rd and 24th January.
Tottenham vs Chelsea
The exhibition match of the semi-finals saw Chelsea travel to the Wembley Stadium to take on London rivals Tottenham. It was a match completely and thoroughly dominated by Chelsea from the opening whistle with them getting the better of Tottenham in all departments of the game. However, once again it was a heartbreak for Chelsea this season with their lack of decisiveness in front of goal seeing them not convert their ample goal scoring chances into the vital away goal.
Tottenham was gifted the solitary goal of the match through an error by the Video Assistant Referee which in a shambolic decision wasn’t even competent enough to provide the right camera angle for a replay on Harry Kane’s offside. While VAR showed Kane to be behind Chelsea’s back-line, other camera angles that surfaced later showed that Kane was visibly offside.
It was a decision that decided the match for Tottenham with them hardly able to get out of their half following. Kane converted the penalty that followed VAR’s decision for Kepa’s foul on him and with it helped give his side a 1-0 lead in the two-legged tie which will see Tottenham travel to Stamford Bridge next.
The aftermath of the match saw VAR come under heavy fire, being criticised strongly from all quarters. While the technology is already in use in other parts of the world, this is the first time it’s being used in any competition in England and its use clearly showed that it has a long way to go before it can be successfully implemented in the country. Referees, linesmen and the VAR viewing committee will need to properly understand the nitty-gritty’s of the system, be fully up to the page with the know-how of it and be given clear instructions on when to stop and keep play flowing before the VAR is taken.
Manchester City vs Burton
The gulf in class between the two sides was clearly visible before the ball had even been kicked off in the second semi-final of the Carabao Cup with City’s club value standing at a mindboggling 1.02 billion pounds as compared to Burton’s 6 million pounds. While the run for the non-premier league side will go down as one of their finest achievements, a commendable feat given the quality of opposition they downed on the day, the dream came to an end when they travelled to defending champions Manchester City.
Having found their footing back after a run of abject results, City who had named a strong side for the match were in irresistible form on the night. De Bruyne opened the scoring in the 5th minute before a red hot seven-minute incredible display of attacking football by City saw them add 3 goals to see the score-line read 4-0 by the 37th minute itself.
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The beleaguered visitors had no answer to City, going on to concede to Gabriel Jesus (4), Kevin de Bruyne, OleksandrZinchenko, Phil Foden, Kyle Walker and RiyadMahrez in what was the biggest margin of victory ever by a side in the semi-final of the cup. It was also the heaviest defeat inflicted on a side in the tournament since 1986 when Liverpool had defeated Fulham 10-0 in September. The record-breaking result was also the first time in 31 years that the City has won any match by this staggering difference .
Carabao Cup Semi Finals Results
Tuesday 8 January 2019