Lucas Moura outlines positives Tottenham can take from Chelsea loss and what they must do next – Football.London

There was to be no thrilling comeback from Tottenham on Wednesday evening as Chelsea prevailed in their Carabao Cup semi-final clash.

Going into the return game facing an uphill battle following a 2-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge a week earlier, Spurs were still in the tie due to the Blues’ failure to kill off the tie first time around after wasting a number of glorious chances.

However, the game was practically over as a contest after 18 minutes, following Antonio Rudiger’s goal from Mason Mount’s corner.

Tottenham did cause the visitors a few issues on occasions, notably upping their game in the second half as they looked for a way back into the contest.

Spurs may not have found the breakthrough in the remaining 45 minutes, although Harry Kane did have a goal ruled out for offside, but Lucas Moura was impressed by their performance after the break.

Hailing the team’s spirit for pushing until the very end, the attacker also spoke about the improvements the team must make.

“It was a hard game, but we knew it was going to be,” the Brazilian told Tottenham’s official website. “We played against a good team, they’re very strong, but I think we can get some positive points from this second game, especially in the second half.

“We tried our best and we fought until the end, although we know that we need to improve in some aspects.

“But I think the spirit was good and that’s the way we need to be – we need to keep trying, keep working hard.

“Everyone knows that we can improve, technically and in the last pass, and that’s what we will try to do.”

Speaking in his post-match press conference, head coach Antonio Conte also commended the team for their second-half display.

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“I think the performance was much better than the performance in the first leg,” he told football.london .

“The first half we struggled a bit, especially the way we tried to bring pressure without the ball.

“I think in the second half, the performance was good, the intensity was high and I think honestly that we deserved a better final result today, but I think that after these two games, Chelsea deserved to reach the final of this competition.”

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