Tottenham Hotspur boss Antonio Conte has admitted his side face a tough test to overturn a 2-0 goal down against Chelsea on Wednesday ahead of the Carabao Cup second leg return.
Tottenham hosts Chelsea in the second leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final on Wednesday after the Blues comfortably sealed a 2-0 win at Stamford Bridge in the first leg.
The Blues will wait to see if N’Golo Kante and defender Thiago Silva back in the squad after the duo tested positive for COVID-19 last week.
Meanwhile, Spurs will be without Son Heung-min after the South Korean star picked up a muscle injury during their last week’s first leg encounter at Stamford Bridge and is expected out until 24 January.
Antonio Conte on Son Heung-min injury: “He came off during the game and no problem, but the day after he felt a bit of pain.” You know very well the importance of this player for us.”
On Spurs’ chances of progressing to the final, Conte added: “It’s hard, we know we’re facing a really top team that last season won the Champions League and in the summer they invested much money to improve the squad.
“At this moment we’re playing the best team in Europe and when you play against this type of team it’s hard.
“Despite our problems with injuries, we need to try give everything and show great desires to fight and a great personality.
“We have to show that compared to the first game we can improve and try to fight in the best way.”
Spurs will also be without the services of Argentine centre-back Cristian Romero who has been out for two months after suffering a hamstring injury on international duty.
Chelsea boss speaking ahead of Wednesday evening encounter, insisted his side would not get complacent despite having a 2-0 goal advantage.
“We have no foot in the final, we don’t think about that,” said Thomas Tuchel.
“It is another tough match in a tough stadium, they are a very good team and have a top, top coach.
“We are prepared and it is better not to expect too much, we need to be fully aware of everything.”
Tottenham are facing trophy spell since lifting the League Cup in 2007/2008 season and have lost in three finals in 2009, 2015 and 2021, losing 1-0 to Manchester City at Wembley in April.
While the Blues have won the Carabao Cup five times with their last success dating seven years back, when they beat Spurs 2-0 in the final.