Tottenham Hotspur failed to break through the walls of powerhouse Chelsea. Son Heung-min (30, from Chuncheon, Tottenham)’s dream of winning the championship was once again far away. With Son Heung-min missing due to an injury, Tottenham lost 0-1 in the second leg of the 2021-22 Carabao Cup (League Cup) semi-final against Chelsea held at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, England on the 13th (Korean time). Tottenham Hotspur, who lost 0-2 in the first leg away to Chelsea on the 6th, failed to advance to the final after losing 0-3 on aggregate. Tottenham Hotspur reached the final of last year and finished runners-up, but this time they collapsed at the threshold of the semi-final.
Tottenham Hotspur, who faced the bad news of Heung-Min Son’s injury ahead of the second leg, tried to make a comeback despite his absence, but luck did not follow. The referee’s penalty kick awarded twice was canceled by VAR analysis, and Harry Kane’s goal was also canceled by VAR analysis. Chelsea Rudiger’s tackle to block Hoybjerg’s breakthrough in the 40th minute after Tottenham were lagging 1-0 was declared a penalty kick, but as a result of VAR, it was overturned as a foul from outside the penalty area, not inside the penalty area. Tottenham took a penalty in the 10th minute of the second half, but this time the VAR decision was in favor of Chelsea. In the 18th minute of the second half, Kane’s recovery goal was ruled invalid by VAR. It was an offside decision. Tottenham, who did not even follow the VAR decision, lost 1-0 in the second leg and ended the League Cup schedule in the semifinals.
Heung-Min Son and Tottenham Hotspur were at risk of being unrelated this season as they were eliminated from the League Cup. Tottenham Hotspur haven’t won the League Cup once in 14 years since winning the 2007-2008 League Cup. Heung-Min Son has not yet won a championship since his professional debut.
Fortunately, the League Cup was the quickest and easiest way to solve the ‘unrelated issue’ between Tottenham and Son Heung-min this season, so this elimination is even more disappointing. Under the current circumstances, it is not easy for Tottenham to win another championship. A 20-point gap with leaders Manchester City is unlikely to win the league title. The FA Cup has just reached the round of 32, so the road to go is long and difficult. With half the season remaining, Tottenham have already lost two wins. Tottenham Hotspur were eliminated from the group stage of the UEFA Europa Conference League due to a forfeiture loss in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. Seunghwan Jeong