Kante: Chelsea can turn things around in the second leg

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 08: N'golo Kante of Chelsea is challenged by Danny Rose of Tottenham Hotspur during the Carabao Cup Semi-Final First Leg match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on January 8, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante believes they put in a good performance overall and he’s hopeful they can still beat Tottenham, despite losing the first leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final tie 1-0

The Blues narrowly lost at Wembley on Tuesday in a fiercely fought contest which was decided by Harry Kane’s 26th-minute penalty after VAR intervention.

Regardless though, Chelsea had their chances to equalise with Kante’s flick hitting the post before having a long-range effort saved by Spurs keeper Paulo Gazzaniga.

The in-form Gazzaniga also denied Callum Hudson-Odoi by turning his deflected cross onto the post, while Andreas Christensen missed a great chance from six yards.

“The penalty put us in difficulty, we tried to react but we couldn’t score a goal, and that’s why the result is like it is,” Kante told the club website.

“We did a good game, we had a lot of the ball. The statistics show we could have had a better result, but it is what it is. We need to accept that.”

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The France international, however, remains confident over Chelsea’s hopes of reaching the Carabao Cup final next month.

Maurizio Sarri’s side will take on Spurs for the second leg of their last-four clash on January 22 at home.

“I think now we can get a better result at Stamford Bridge,’ added Kante.

“We have more chance in front of our fans. We will need them. We have a match to get to the final and we will give our maximum to do it.”

For now though, the Blues will turn their attention to Newcastle on Saturday in a Premier League match.