Tottenham Hotspur again fell at the penultimate hurdle on Thursday, as they were beaten on penalties by Chelsea in the second leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final, as per the BBC.
It marks their third semi-final defeat in cup competitions in a row.
Spurs headed into the game with a 1-0 aggregate lead thanks to Harry Kane’s penalty at Wembley in the first leg.
But the striker was absent for the deciding tie through injury, along with the likes of Dele Alli and Victor Wanyama. Son Heung-Min, so electric on the wing this season, was also away at the Asian Cup with South Korea.
With a squad stretched to its very limit, Spurs almost capitulated, with Chelsea taking a 2-0 lead at Stamford Bridge through N’Golo Kante and Eden Hazard.
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Fernando Llorente, Kane’s replacement, pulled a goal back for Spurs and levelled the tie on aggregate but Mauricio Pochettino’s men were unable to find a killer second goal.
Eric Dier, the shootout hero at the World Cup when England beat Colombia, scooped his effort over the bar, while Lucas Moura’s kick was saved by Kepa Arrizabalaga. David Luiz then notched the winner to send the Stamford Bridge crowd into raptures.
Spurs fans were subsequently left to fume on social media as, yet again, a thin squad proved their undoing, with many calling on Spurs chairman Daniel Levy to step down after failing to buy a player in the last two transfer windows.
Levy is absolutely killing this club and forever holding it back, Poch will leave and win things because he will be backed by a board that know top 4 every season is not success, you have to build on it #LEVYOUT
— Niall McErlean (@Niall5000) January 24, 2019
Always so close, yet so far! Perhaps if Levy put his hand in his pocket, backed the manager and made a few signings to strengthen our squad, we might actually get somewhere 🤯
— Carly Bourne (@carlybourne3) January 24, 2019
Getting fed up with spurs, every single year us fans get our hopes up and we collapse again🤦🏻♂️AGAIN another loss in a semi final of a cup. Surely now something has to change #LevyOut #LevyOut #LevyOut
Always and will be Tottenham till I die ⚪️
— A ⚡️ (@pochspurs) January 24, 2019
Can’t wait for the puzzle to fall apart at spurs. Players will leave one by one. Failure starts from the top. Levy has you all fooled. Love the club but he has failed us all. #levyout
— Mitchell Killingback (@mitchk123) January 25, 2019
#LevyOut I’m tired of mediocrity and coming up short every year… and it’s not Poch’s fault that’s for sure
— Joe (32-17) Embiid MVP Szn (@JoeG4133) January 24, 2019
— Roge Henlow ⚽️ (@RogerS_THFC) January 25, 2019
Find it very difficult to criticise any player last night, regardless of ability every single one gave their all, it’s just an unfortunate circumstance that we’ll always come up short as long as Levy reigns. As I’ve long said to win trophies you need more than just a 11 #LevyOut
— SpursGotLevyd (@SpursGotLevyd) January 25, 2019
Hard to blame the players today. Wasn’t a great performance but we fought through adversity. We’re never going to be able to seriously compete for trophies until the owners invest in the club, and show some real ambition. Don’t see how you can defend them anymore. #COYS #LevyOut
— Isaiah (@isaiahthfc) January 25, 2019