Spurs to face ‘worst enemy’ Arsenal after easing past West Ham
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino reveals his excitement after Spurs are drawn against rivals Arsenal in quarter-finals of Carabao Cup
31 October, 2018 — By Dan Carrier at the London Stadium
Mauricio Pochettino says he ‘loves’ Arsenal boss Unai Emery and is looking forward to facing him
Carabao Cup Fourth Round
WEST HAM 1 (Perez 71)
SPURS 3 (Son 16, 54, Llorente 75)
SPURS strolled into a last eight showdown against north London rivals Arsenal in the Carabao Cup tonight (Wednesday) with a comprehensive 3-1 victory away at West Ham.
A double from Heung-Min Son and another from Fernando Llorente took Mauricio Pochettino’s team, which saw only Davinson Sanchez remain from Monday night’s starting XI against Manchester City, in to the north London derby clash.
Speaking after the game, Pochettino said: “It will be an exciting game and I am looking forward to facing Unai Emery. We know him from our time in Spain, he has a great coaching staff. It will be so good to challenge him.
“It is ironic because he is now in charge of our worst enemy but I love Unai and have a really good relationship with him.”
Tottenham’s make shift side had enough to see off a West Ham team that did not lack spirit, but was desperately wanting when it came to composure.
Spurs took the lead on 14 minutes through Son. Llorente and Dele Alli combined on the edge of the Hammers box, Son ghosted into space and only needed to steady himself before whacking his effort with real power into the top corner of the goal.
The home team had little in the way of answers, and even when Spurs looked sloppy, West Ham were too disjointed with their passing to take advantage.
On 36 minutes, Michail Antonio, the Haammer’s most dangerous player on the night, strode in on the left and it took a combination of Juan Foyth, Paulo Gazzaniga and Kyle Walker-Peters to put him off from getting a decent shot off. Otherwise, there was no real threat to the Spurs lead.
West Ham came out in the second half with some real intent – but found Gazzaniga in form and Foyth always calmly marshalling things when they came close.
Then, on 52 minutes, that man Son sprung the West Ham off side line and streaked 40 yards with the ball at his feet. He drew Adrian towards him, went across the keeper, and tucked home to double the Spurs lead.
The home team fought to find a way back into the tie, and with 18 minutes left to go Lucas Perez headed down and home from a corner to give them hope.
But just when the home side thought that they might get something out of the evening, Spurs won a corner, which was pinged in by Christian Eriksen for Llorente to sweep home on the volley.
It restored a well-deserved two goal lead and shuffled Spurs into the quarter finals of the Carabao Cup against their arch rivals, which will be played at the Emirates Stadium in the week beginning December 17.
WEST HAM: Adrian, Anderson, Obiang, Chicharito (Arnautovic, 57), Ogbonna (Perez, 57) Diop, Fredericks, Masuaka, Antonio, Rice, Diangana.
Substitutes not used: Fabianski, Balbuena, Snodgrass,, Powell, Coventry.
SPURS: Gazzaniga, Sanchez, Son, Winks, Wanyama, Walker-Peters, Llorente (Sissoko, 76) Alli (N’Koudou, 72) Foyth, Eriksen (Skipp, 84), Aurier.
Substitutes not used: Vorm, Moura, Marsh, Eyoma.