New Tottenham boss Antonio Conte has sent a clear message to the club’s hierarchy after their EFL Cup semi-final exit about needing transfer reinforcements.
Spurs were beaten 1-0 by Chelsea in Wednesday’s semi-final second leg at Tottenham Stadium, after losing the first leg 2-0 at Stamford Bridge.
Antonio Rudiger headed in the game’s only goal in the 18th minute as Tottenham were second best, with the Blues dominating possession 64-36 per cent.
“We have to recover some players. When we lose one, two or three players we’re in a bit of trouble,” Conte said when asked about the looming fixture, in a sign that feels they need to strength in January.
On the Chelsea defeat, Conte added: “At the end of the two games Chelsea deserved to reach the final in this competition, we have to be honest.
“In the second half we created many chances to score and we deserved a result better than losing 1-0 but if you have a judgement over the two games Chelsea deserved to win.”
Chelsea will play the winner of Thursday’s Liverpool-Arsenal clash, with Blues boss Thomas Tuchel delighted to have reached another final.
“It feels good,” Tuchel said. “That was the target. When you get to a semi-final everybody wants to get to the final.
“We are very happy. Wembley is waiting. This is where you want to be as a footballer and a coach. Hard work and two good matches were needed, and we did the job.”