Opinion: Five things we learned from Tottenham’s 1-0 defeat to Chelsea

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Tottenham Hotspur followed up their 2-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge with a 1-0 loss at home this evening in the Carabao Cup semi-final.

Let’s take a look at the five things we learned:

Out of the cup – The main takeaway from this evening is that Tottenham are out of the Carabao Cup, serving as a dent to their search for a piece of much-needed silverware. Spurs are now only in the Premier League and FA Cup, with the latter being their only chance to lift a trophy this year.

Ndombele dropped – The Frenchman was nowhere to be seen after getting booed off against Morecambe at the weekend. Whether this was just rotation or a message from Conte, I doubt we will find out – but I would place my money on the latter. It just hasn’t worked for Tanguy and I’m not sure his mindset will change enough to become a success in the Premier League.

Reguilon missing – Reguilon has not been included in the injury report over the last couple of weeks. In fact, Conte said he only missed the Morecambe game because he was tired and needed a rest. Yet Reggy was not even in the squad tonight and Sessegnon was rested on the bench. Seems to hint there could be a problem there.

Message from Conte – Hugo rested on the bench. Doherty at left-wing-back. Tanganga used despite being in awful form. No second striker to play alongside Kane, so Moura was used. No one to directly replace Son. It felt as though Conte was sending a few messages to the ownership about the depth and quality within the Spurs squad. But will they listen?

Rodon struggles – Whatever the case, it appears as if Rodon is not getting a fair chance under Antonio Conte. Japhet Tanganga has arguably made mistakes leading to four goals in the past three games, yet Conte is still giving him the nod over Rodon. This is especially confusing when Rodon is supposed to be a like-for-like Eric Dier back-up. I expect a loan move for him soon.

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