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Conte and Moura express their delight after Tottenham moved into the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup.

Updated: Dec 23, 2021

Tottenham 2-1 West Ham

Conte’s Lilywhites beat West Ham to seal a spot in the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup
Conte’s Lilywhites beat West Ham to seal a spot in the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup

Antonio Conte was happy Tottenham moved into the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup after beating London rivals West Ham United at home on Wednesday night.

The Lilywhites took the lead via Steven Bergwijn, who brilliantly linked up with Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg before hitting the back of the net in the 29th minute.

But, three minutes later David Moyes’ Hammers levelled the score when Eric Dier’s poor clearance led to Nikola Vlasic having a shot and the ball falling to Jarrod Bowen, who finished off after a crafty turn to create space.

And, two minutes later Spurs took the lead again as Lucas Moura tapped in Bergwijn's low pass from close range. The goal proved to be the winner although West Ham had a few chances but failed to convert.

Tottenham will play Chelsea in the two-legged semi-finals in January after the Blues beat Brentford 2-0 in their quarter-final match.

'To win a trophy is very difficult'

"It's good for Tottenham to reach the semi-finals of this competition,” Tottenham manager Antonio Conte told Sky Sports. “You can see the names of these teams that have reached the semi-finals - Liverpool, Chelsea, and Arsenal with us - so every side wants to try to lift this trophy. "When I was at Chelsea this trophy was not second, but we used to play young players that did not start in the 11. Now I'm seeing in England to win a trophy is very difficult. We have had to beat an important team like West Ham and they eliminated [Manchester] United and [Manchester] City. In England it's very difficult to win something. "For sure we can do better but I've seen improvements in some parts, especially when in possession of the ball. We tried to control the game and we scored the first goal, it was an amazing goal involving many players. "The performance was good and it's important to recover. We played many players that have had Covid. They kept the intensity but we have to manage the situation very well. Today was good and important for me that I know I can count on a squad of many players."

'We deserve a trophy'

Spurs goalscorer Lucas Moura added: "It means a lot, it was a big game, a derby. It's a competition we can win so let's fight for this. "We started very well, conceded a goal by our mistake but controlled the game in the first half. In the second half they tried to score but we were solid and suffered together. "Last season we had the chance to get this trophy but in the final we didn't play very well but now is another opportunity, another season, another manager, another squad and I think we're better now. "A trophy is my objective, I think we deserve it but we need to show it on the pitch."

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