Hello and welcome along to football.london’s live coverage of Tottenham Hotspur’s Carabao Cup clash against London rivals Chelsea.
With both teams falling to disappointing draws at the weekend in games they really should have collected maximum points from, both will be looking to get back to winning ways this evening.
The Carabao Cup represents a very good chance of silverware for the sides and it should be an enthralling encounter in N17.
While Jose Mourinho has tended to win the competition in his first season at a club having done so with Chelsea and Manchester United in the past, he may have to put out a slightly weakened team this evening with a crucial Europa League game on the agenda on Thursday.
Having secured a very good win in north London last December, Frank Lampard will be aiming to make it successive wins at Spurs’ home as he eyes up a place in the quarter-finals of the competition.
Games between the two are usually exciting affairs and hopefully the latest battle doesn’t disappoint.
Our Tottenham correspondents, Alasdair Gold and Rob Guest, and our Chelsea correspondents, Oliver Harbord and Alan Smith, will be on hand to guide you through this evening’s match so don’t go anywhere.
Mount misses – Spurs win 5-4
The midfielder’s strike glances the post and goes wide. Spurs win the shootout 5-4
Harry Kane scores with Tottenham’s fifth penalty.
5-4 to Spurs.
Straight down the middle. 4-4
Lucas Moura scores.
4-3 to Spurs.
Opposite corner, featuring the skip, but he finds the net.
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg makes no mistake from the spot.
Same corner again!
Another one in the same direction.
Erik Lamela scores in the same corner.
The striker takes Chelsea’s first and he copies Dier by sending Lloris the wrong way.
Eric Dier is up first and sends Mendy the wrong way
It finishes all square at 1-1.
Penalties will be underway very shortly.
Three minutes added on.
No extra-time so we’ll have a penalty shootout very shortly if the score remains the same.
We’ve seen that before from the left back – losing a man at the back post after a cross from the opposite flank. He did the same away to Arsenal in the league last season and was hooked at half-time.
Spurs have their goal and Lamela is the man who finds the back of the net.
Neat finish from the attacker after Reguilon’s lofted ball found him at the back post.
Chance for Harry Kane as he just shoots over from inside the area.
Jose Mourinho has just gone down the tunnel after Eric Dier as the defender left the pitch.
Both are now back out there.
Final Spurs change
Lucas Moura is now on for Bergwijn in Tottenham’s final change.
Brighter from Chelsea
Werner goes close with a couple of half-chances and now the viitors have a corner. Mount takes it deep to Tomori, who heads it right at Lloris.
Kante is on for Kovacic, who was being bypassed in that second half. Chelsea need to liven up, especially in midfield.
Harry Kane is now on for Japhet Tanganga.
Mourinho is intent on getting this equaliser.
Chilwell is off. Emerson is on.
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg now on for Spurs in place of Gedson.
Japhet Tanganga is in the book for pulling back Mason Mount.
Serge Aurier was booked earlier.
Spurs much improved
Yes, Chelsea have been passive but Tottenham have moved up more than one gear since the restart. They are working harder and beginning to get forward.
Bergwijn claims for a penalty after going down in the box under the challenge of Ben Chilwell.
The referee waves the claims away.
This all looks quite familiar from Chelsea as they dominate possession but fail to do much with it and then look unconvincing in defence.
It’s been a convincing start from the new Chelsea goalkeeper. That Reguilon strike should be bread and butter but the Senegal international looks assured and proactive.
Almost a debut goal
Reguilon goes close to a debut goal but Mendy saves well from him.
Good play from Serge Aurier to create the chance.
Bergwijn creates a chance from nothing for himself as he barges beyond Joriginho.
His shot doesn’t trouble Mendy though as it goes high and wide.
Bergwijn almost through
Fiakyo Tomori dallies on the ball about 30 yards out but he gets lucky as Steven Bergwijn tries to win the ball off him.
The Spurs man was very close to going through on goal.
Here we go
The second half is now underway in N17.
Alasdair Gold’s thoughts on the first half
It’s been a pretty awful match as a spectacle and Tottenham look very much like a team with no striker as their focal point.
It was a half of football that said everything to chairman Daniel Levy about how Tottenham are restricted when Harry Kane is not on the pitch and without a natural striker to come in.
Spurs are looking to contain Chelsea and counter in numbers and the visitors’ defence is certainly there to be got at.
Erik Lamela is battling away and getting the ball back for Spurs in advanced areas, but at the moment his final ball has undone much of his good work.
Sergio Reguilon had a tough time with Chelsea’s goal, giving the ball away and then showing his rashness after, but he’s shown plenty of promising moments since.
He’s got pace to burn and will offer plenty from an attacking point of view for Tottenham. Someone just needs to tell him to calm down on occasions as he will give away daft fouls in this adrenaline-pumped mood.
Spurs have had their chances through Lamela and Gedson and Chelsea haven’t been creating much so far, so the game is there to be taken if the home side can find their touch in the final third.
However, Werner’s goal past an unsighted Lloris separates the teams and Mourinho will have to decide when he can send on the Kane cavalry.
Oliver Harbord’s thoughts on the game
Let’s all be honest, this has not been a classic at all.
Mourinho has parked the bus and Chelsea have dominated possession with 70% of the ball.
The bonus for Chelsea, at least, is that they are not chasing the game or desperate to score.
It was a wonderful finish from Werner after great play from Azpilicueta, while Hudson-Odoi has looked bright once again.
It’s not been perfect. The Blues have looked a bit shaky at the back and Edouard Mendy has made a good save.
The game is in Chelsea’s hands, but they have to kill it off.
That’s it for the first half in N17.
Not a classic match at all but it’s Chelsea who go in 1-0 up.
Two minutes added on at the end of the half.
Chelsea still 1-0 up.
Nothing is happening
This is poor and, again, you must wonder what the point is in playing this competition when there are so many other games and bigger priorities.
Davinson Sanchez appeared set to come on Eric Dier went down with an issue.
He’s since put his top back on and the England international remains on the pitch.
Chance for Spurs
Spurs almost draw level through Gedson Fernandes but Kurt Zouma does well to put him off.
The midfielder just couldn’t find his feet for an easy finish.
Werner hit that sweetly but really it’s about a defensive mess from Spurs as Reguilon coughs up the ball cheaply, allowing Hudson-Odoi to charge forward. He feeds it to Azpilicueta, who sends a sliding Reguilon into a new postcode with a lovely turn before a low cross from the right. Werner steadies himself just instead the area and find Lloris’s bottom right corner.
GOAL! Spurs 0-1 Chelsea (Werner)
Lift off for the new man!
So slow that the commentary team on Sky are already talking about Chelsea’s shocking third kit.
No chances so far
No chances for either side so far in the opening six minutes.
Here we go
We are now up and running in N17.
Stay with us for all the latest from Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Confidence for Callum Hudson-Odoi
Callum Hudson-Odoi showed on Saturday just what he can do when he is full of confidence.
He was the difference when he came on at half-time against West Brom and today he gets his chance from the start.
Tonight he can prove why the Blues were ready to give him a five-year deal in that big-money deal.
If he plays with the attacking intent that he had at the weekend, then he can show why he should be a regular again.
Mourinho on no Dele
“No Dele Alli, no Sonny, no Lo Celso. I’m not going to speak about the players not here. Are you going to ask Frank why no Thiago Silva?”
Here are our Tottenham reporter Alasdair Gold’s thoughts on the hosts’ line-up
It’s a very mixed team for Mourinho and if you wanted a statement about Tottenham needing a new striker this is the one.
Whether it will be Bergwijn or Lamela up front as a false nine we’re set to find out, with potentially both taking it in turns.
It looks to be a back three which should bring the most out of Sergio Reguilon on his debut and Serge Aurier on the other flank.
Tanguy Ndombele starts his third match in four and has impressed in every showing so far this season so he will be looking to continue that.
It’s going to be a tough night for Spurs against a strong Chelsea team and of course the fixture schedule has not helped them at all.
No Dele Alli continues to be a strange one though, particularly when Gedson Fernandes is getting picked in the midfield.
Mourinho could claim that it’s so Alli can play on Thursday night along with other big names left out of tonight’s matchday squad but if he doesn’t appear in the Europa League play-off clash then his exit is surely growing more likely despite what Mourinho and the club are saying.
Lampard on Mendy
“He’s making his debut. We’ve brought him in, we’ve got confidence in him and he’s playing tonight.”
Less than two weeks ago he was supposedly still part of Mourinho’s plans. Now he can’t even make it into a Carabao Cup squad. Is that end for him?
Chelsea have some notable absentees too, though not surprising: Toni Rudiger, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Marcos Alonso could all leave between now and Monday’s transfer deadline.
Full story on Chelsea team
Lloris (C); Tanganga, Alderweireld, Dier; Aurier, Gedson, Ndombele, Sissoko, Reguilon; Bergwijn, Lamela.
Subs: Hart, Doherty, Sanchez, Davies, Hojbjerg, Lucas, Kane.
Mendy; Azpilicueta, Zouma, Tomori, Chilwell; Jorginho, Kovacic, Hudson-Odoi, Mount, Werner; Giroud.
Subs: Kepa, James, Emerson, Kante, Barkley, Havertz, Abraham.