23 December 2020 18:37
Tottenham Hotspur may be playing second-tier Championship side Stoke City in the League Cup but that does not make their route to the semi-finals any easier, Spurs boss Jose Mourinho has said. Mourinho said he was wary of the threat posed by Stoke, who have improved after two seasons of struggle since their Premier League relegation and sit seventh in the league in a closely-contested race for Championship playoff spots. "So even the fact we play Stoke or Newcastle play Brentford doesn't give us easier matches than the others. Spurs were top of the league earlier this month but a point from their last three matches has seen them drop down to sixth and Mourinho is eyeing the League Cup as a chance at redemption. While the Portuguese has won the League Cup four times, Spurs have not won it since 2008--their last trophy.
With just four points through three league matches and an unconvincing start to the Europa League qualifying rounds, Tottenham Hotspur entered the League Cup Fourth Round with plenty of question marks. Though Chelsea led for most of the match, a late Erik Lamela equalizer and a Mason Mount miss on the fifth round of penalties put Spurs into the competition's quarterfinals. If it is hard to remember that Tottenham is still challenging in the League Cup it would be completely understandable. Wednesday's opponent Stoke City sits eighth in the Championship and are one of two non-Premier League sides remaining. Though the match requires traveling and falls during the festive period, this is a great draw and represents the best chance for a trophy at this time.
Finally, while we don't have a rule against profanity, please try and keep the naughty words in check. Also, language that is sexist, racist, or homophobic in nature will be swiftly deleted and you will be immediately banned. A trip to the 2020 English League Cup (officially the Carabao Cup) semifinal is on the line Wednesday when Tottenham heads to bet365 Stadium for a quarterfinal matchup with Stoke City. The Hotspurs, losers of two straight matches, currently sit in sixth place in the English Premier League with 25 points and are led by the explosive pairing of Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son. Stoke, meanwhile, is in seventh place in the English League Championship and spearheaded by leading goalscorer Tyrese Campbell. Wednesday's match will air only on ESPN+.
A first half lacking clear-cut chances ended with Vardy putting Leicester ahead with the final kick from the penalty spot in stoppage time after Tottenham defender Serge Aurier barged Wesley Fofana over. But Leicester was gifted a second on the hour when Vardy's header across goal was deflected into his own net by Alderweireld, who was under no pressure. It enabled Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers — appointed academy coach at Chelsea in 2004 when Mourinho was first-team manager - to claim a first victory over his mentor in their eighth encounter. Two weeks after Tottenham beat Arsenal in front of 2,000 fans, the north London stadium's stands were closed again — after only being open for two games — due to tighter coronavirus restrictions being re-imposed in the capital. Tottenham Hotspur take on Stoke City in the quarter finals of the Carabao Cup at the Bet365 Stadium this evening. Jose Mourinho has made seven changes from the side that lost to Leicester City in the Premier League at the weekend but Hugo Lloris is one player who keeps his place as the Frenchman once again starts in goal for Spurs. Gareth Bale is given a recall to start in attack along with Harry Kane while Lucas Moura joins the front three with Hueng-min Son named among the Tottenham substitutes. Matt Doherty starts at right-back with Serge Aurier missing out while Ben Davies lines-up on the left as Sergio Reguilon has to settle for a place among the subs. Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg starts in midfield for Spurs along with Harry Winks so Moussa Sissoko drops to the subs bench. Dele Alli is given a rare start by Mourinho so he'll be hoping to impress having found regular first team football hard to come by this season. Giovani Lo Celso and Tanguy Ndombele miss out against Stoke after picking up knocks against Leicester at the weekend. Lloris, Doherty, Sanchez, Dier, Davies, Højbjerg, Winks, Dele, Lucas, Bale, Kane. STK Vs TOT Fantasy Probable Playing 11 And Match Report: Tottenham turn to the Carabao Cup to steady a rocking ship. From being touted as one of the potential title challengers for the Premier League trophy to currently slipping into sixth spot, the side has been all the glamour and laurels surrounding it vanish up in smoke. Falling to defeat against clubs near to them, Tottenham have showed that they still have a long and bumpy road to traverse before they can be taken seriously in the title race. The club's 2-0 defeat to Leicester City was one of the worst displays meted out by the club, a defeat which leaves them without a win in their last couple of matches. In the midst of a rut, Tottenham will take to the land of today's Carabao Cup quarter-final having been handed out a favourable encounter. Up against Championship strugglers Stoke City, the visitors will be quietly confident of pulling off their first win in three. Despite the narrative of Tottenham shuffling around with their setup for the day, they should manage to ease their way to a win. Angus, Lee, Sam, Tyrese and Adam will all be missing out for Stoke City today owing to their injuries. Bursik, Collins, Chester, Souttar, Fox, Cousins, Mikel, Brown, Powell, McClean, Vokes Hart, Doherty, Sanchez, Rodon, Davies, Winks, Hojbjerg, Bale, Alli, Lucas, Vinicius Match: Stoke City Vs Tottenham Quarter-Final 3 Venue: bet365 Stadium, Stoke Stoke City At a time when the goals have all but dried up for Stoke City, Josef Bursik has upped the ante. Tottenham have gone onto concede two in each of their last couple of defeats but that doesn't faze us from opting for a trio from the club. The side is up against a Stoke City which has been left flummoxed when asked to conjure up goals. A cleansheet looks like for the visiting team to see us opt for Matt Doherty, Eric Dier and Davison Sanchez. He's failed to leave a lasting or telling impact ever since his arrival at Tottenham but this could just be the tie for Steven Bergwijn to fill his shoes with the goals. He's up against a dwindling Stoke City unit, a side he can easily fill his shoes with the goals. Harry Winks and Pierre Emile-Hojbjerg from midfield will also be finding a place in our team from the club. We also have the two midfielders represent us from Stoke City in the form of James McClean and Nick Powell. With 9 goals, striker Harry Kane looks set to get another outing for Tottenham today. Stoke City will meanwhile see striker Steven Fletcher be nailed in our unit owing to his ability to come up with peach of shots. Kane's 9 goals and 10 assists see him captain our team while Bergwijn is the vice-captain. Bursik, Sanchez, Dier, Doherty, Winks, James, Powell, Pierre, Steven, Kane, Fletcher Please incorporate a slew of factors while crafting your own side with this article serving as a guide to the match and players.