Thomas Tuchel reacts to Chelsea vs Tottenham Carabao Cup semi-final draw

Thomas Tuchel is pleased for Chelsea’s fans after the club was handed a draw against Tottenham in the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup.

The Blues beat Brentford in Wednesday night’s quarter-final, but needed a late own goal from Pontus Jansson and a penalty from Jorginho to make their way into the final four.

Spurs were also tested by Premier League opposition on Wednesday, but Steven Bergwijn and Lucas Moura goals saw them scrape past West Ham with a 2-1 win.

There is now another tasty London derby in prospect as Tuchel’s Chelsea take on Antonio Conte’s Spurs over two legs in January.

The German is glad the fans have an exciting pair of clashes to look forward to and was proud of his much-changed team for securing progression.

‘Tottenham is nice for our fans. A London derby, we are looking forward to it and we want to be there,’ he said.

‘I am absolutely happy about this result, a brilliant result and a brilliant performance given the situation.’

With a number of players suffering with Covid, others out with injury and more not risked amid a busy schedule, Tuchel unleashed some youngsters against the Bees.

Teenagers Harvey Vale, Jude Soonsup-Bell and Xavier Simons were all given debuts, while the likes of Malang Sarr, Ross Barkley and Saul Niguez all came into the team.

‘They did well,’ said Tuchel. ‘They hadn’t trained for a week and then we invited them to training, they had two sessions with us.

‘They listened carefully and did their job. Full credit to the seven guys with who they played, they took care and made sure they did the right stuff.’

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