Tottenham Hotspur boss Antonio Conte admitted after Chelsea’s 2-0 Carabao Cup semi-final victory over Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday night that the Blues are much better than Tottenham Hotspur.
Tottenham Hotspur struggled against Chelsea, especially in the first half, as they conceded twice and failed to get a shot on goal. They improved when Tanguy Ndombele was introduced at half time but it was too little too late.
Conte told Sky Sports: “If you compare the two teams, there is no comparison. They are a team ready to win. Today we have seen the difference between the two teams.”
He added: “It’s not easy to play at Stamford Bridge. They were very concentrated, won the ball every time. Then we conceded an unlucky goal. But when you start the game and after 15 minutes they score, the game becomes very difficult.
“But I know the situation, it’s very clear. There is an important gap, with important teams. We have to fight to stay in the league in a good position, but if we think we are close about winning, we are not in the right way.
“They were much better than us, we have to clap the performance of Chelsea. I like to tell the truth. There is a lot of job to do in Tottenham.”
The Spurs boss continued: “It was a difficult game from the start. I think Chelsea showed to be much better than us. The first half we struggled a lot from the start. We are talking about one of the best teams in the world.”
Meanwhile, Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has revealed why Chelsea dominated Tottenham Hotspur in the first half.
“In the first half, we played 4-4-2 when we had the ball as there were no five players left to play a back five after Thiago Silva was ruled out,” Thomas Tuchel told Sky Sports after the Tottenham win.
“We took the chance to inform the team that maybe this was the solution for today.
“We took some minutes on the training field to work through the principles and I felt the team was very focused on that to do it right and we had some moments in defending when we created a back five.
“The team were very open-minded and we didn’t concede too many chances against them.”