‘It didn’t look like a semi-final for Spurs… they were going through the motions’: Tottenham criticised by Clinton Morrison for ‘flat’ performance in 2-0 loss at Stamford Bridge
Clinton Morrison has slammed Tottenham for not treating the Carabao Cup semi-final against Chelsea like a big game and delivering a ‘flat’ performance.
Spurs were second-best in every department on Wednesday night, as the Blues were comfortable winners at Stamford Bridge and will take a 2-0 lead into next week’s return leg.
Calamitous defending proved the undoing of Antonio Conte’s team, with Kai Havertz capitalising to put the European champions ahead after just five minutes following a mistake from Japhet Tanganga.
Tottenham lost 2-0 to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the first leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final
The Spurs defender’s night went from bad to worse as his clearing header smacked into Ben Davies and flew past Hugo Lloris to give Chelsea a two-goal lead before halftime.
‘Spurs aren’t out of it but it was comfortable for Chelsea. They were in second gear. It didn’t look like a semi-final for Spurs,’ Morrison said on BBC 5 Live after the game.
‘It looked like they were going through the motions. They’re still in it if they can get the first goal next week.’
The Blues were ahead after just five minutes in west London when Kai Havertz (left) netted
Japhet Tanganga – who gave the ball away for the first goal – then had a major role in the next
He headed a free-kick for the hosts which rebounded off Ben Davies and into his own net
Spurs arrived into the semifinals unbeaten in eight Premier League games since Conte replaced Nuno Espirito Santo in November, but their hopes of ending a 14-year trophy drought now hang by a thread.
‘It was a flat performance. Who really thinks this is a big cup competition to win?,’ Morrison continued.
‘Harry Kane was chasing things down but I didn’t see many others. You want to get to a final and lift some silverware.
‘If Chelsea wanted to go to that next level, they could have. There was a lot left in the tank. 2-0 flattered Spurs.’
Clinton Morrison said Harry Kane was one of the few Spurs players to perform on Wednesday
Antonio Conte admitted the defeat highlighted the gap between Spurs and Chelsea
Speaking after the game, Conte acknowledged the defeat underlined the current gap between Spurs and their London rivals.
‘If we think we are close, I think we are not in the right way,’ the Italian, who faced his former club for the first time since he was sacked in 2018, said.
‘It was a difficult game, difficult from the start, Chelsea showed to be much better than us. If you compare the two teams there is not a comparison. We are talking about a team ready to win – today we have seen the difference between the two teams. We are a team in the middle.
‘This game confirmed what I thought about the difference between the teams. In the last years the level of Tottenham has dropped a lot. There is a lot of work to do.’