Friday 20 September 2019

Spurs draw Chelsea as Alli plays down bottle incident

Dele Alli applauds the fans at the end of the match. Photo: Reuters/Andrew Couldridge
Dele Alli applauds the fans at the end of the match. Photo: Reuters/Andrew Couldridge

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It has been a case of 'London Calling' for Tottenham so far in the League Cup and the semi-final draw set them up for another one with a clash against Chelsea.

"This will be our fourth London derby. We started the Carabao Cup against Watford, then we played against West Ham at the Olympic Stadium, tonight was Arsenal and now a semi-final against Chelsea," said manager Mauricio Pochettino.

"Chelsea is a great team and it's going to be very tough but we are excited."

Manchester City, meanwhile, will face League One side Burton Albion in the other semi-final.

Dele Alli, meanwhile, was hit in the back of the head with what appeared to be a plastic bottle minutes after putting Spurs 2-0 up last night.

Alli was hit in the head as Arsenal were about to take a throw-in and although he did not appear hurt, he turned to the crowd and used his hands to gesture the 2-0 scoreline to them.

"It made the goal a little bit sweeter," said Alli afterwards.

"Lucky that it wasn't a big issue," added Pochettino. "When we play a derby we hate each other in a good way, but that looks in a bad way, looking to damage an opponent. "I cannot talk in general because only one stupid person made a mistake."

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