Pundit outlines why Chelsea go into semi-final as favourites

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Tottenham travel to Stamford Bridge to take on Chelsea in the second leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final tomorrow evenin. Spurs go into the game with a 1-0 advantage courtesy of a Harry Kane penalty from the first leg.

However, Spurs will be without Kane who is nursing an ankle injury, Dele Alli who strained his hamstring and Son Heung-Min who is at the Asia Cup with South Korea. Former Premier League defender Liam Rosenior feels Chelsea go into the match as slight favourites owing to Spurs missing their three most potent goal threats.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Rosenior said, “I think the injuries have evened the tie out and it will be a wonderful game.

“I think it’s in Chelsea’s favour but they are finding goals hard to come by. If Gonzalo Higuain walks in the door and is fit and available that would give them a big lift but they are not clicking in front of goal at the moment.”

The defender further said that Spurs need to bring players into the squad this month in order to be able to cope with their injuries, failing which Spurs’ top four place will be under threat.

“They have to bring someone in this month if they want to win a trophy or stay in the top-four race”, he said.

“Manchester United are coming up hot on the rails. Chelsea and Arsenal are going through difficult moments but they will be there, so Spurs need to bring someone in.”

The pundit also said that with their main goal threats missing, Tottenham need to improve defensively if they are to make it to the next round of the Carabao Cup. He said Spurs were lucky not to have conceded more goals at Craven Cottage last Sunday.

He added, “Just as worrying as that was their defensive performance against Fulham in the first half. Davinson Sanchez was out of sorts, Fulham could have scored three or four goals, and if you haven’t got your main goalscorer at one end you need to keep the back door shut.”

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