It didn’t take long after Tottenham Hotspur defeated Arsenal 2-0 at the Emirates in the Carabao Cup quarterfinals, their first win at the Emirates since 2010, to find out their semifinal opponents.
And it’s an old cup foe: Chelsea.
We will face Chelsea in the semi-finals of the @Carabao_Cup. #COYS pic.twitter.com/9R4hN3fysM— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) December 19, 2018
Spurs drew perhaps the most #narrative-laden opponent they possibly could in the draw, which was administered by former Spurs striker Peter Crouch, and some Arsenal fan named Piers Morgan.
Spurs haven’t had the best of luck in cup semifinals in recent years. Chelsea, of course, knocked Spurs out of the 2016-17 FA Cup in the semifinals, and Manchester United knocked out Spurs in the FA Cups semis last year. This is a different competition, however, and this is the farthest Spurs have reached in the League Cup since Chelsea defeated them in the finals in 2015.
Spurs will play a two-legged series to determine who will go on to the finals, with the first match taking place the week of January 7, 2019. The return fixture will take place the week of January 21. And the best news — the home leg will be played at Wembley.
#thfc Spurs will play the home leg of the Chelsea semi at Wembley - not Stadium MK - in week commending 7 Jan.— Dan Kilpatrick (@Dan_KP) December 19, 2018
Manchester City will play League One side Burton Albion in the other semifinal.