Mason Mount missed the final spot as Tottenham defeated Chelsea 5-4 on penalties to advance to the League Cup quarter-finals after a 1-1 draw.
Timo Werner’s first goal for Chelsea was to place Frank5-007 ‘s men in the lead against a much-changed Tottenham team that played the second of four games in eight days.
But Erik Lamela had deservedly leveled seven minutes from the time and the new Chelsea goaltender Edouard Mendy could not save Eric Dier, Lamela, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Lucas Moura, and Harry Kane from the spot.
Tammy Abraham, Cesar Azpilicueta, Jorginho and Emerson also applied their penalties as the first nine shots were successful.
But Mount ‘s effort clipped the post to the delight of watching Gareth Bale, who should have been fit to play in the last eight quarter-finals, not until late December.
Paddy reported that the fixture pile up gave him no choice but to prioritize Thursday’s Europa League tie against Maccabi Haifa, considering the financial incentive offered to the club.
But after making nine changes, he appointed a strong team, including Captain Hugo Lloris, the club record signing Tanguy Ndombele, and the fresh Sergio Reguilon signing on his debut.
Chelsea also gave Mendy a debut, and the early signs from the Frenchman inspired him to solve the problem role of the Blues.
He made eight changes, but Werner was one of those retained from the 3-3 draw at West Brom on Saturday and took the chance to get his first goal for the club after a big money transfer from RB Leipzig.
Reguilon was twice at fault in building up, giving possession to Azpilicueta, and then diving in an effort to block the cross of the Spaniard, which allowed the Chelsea captain to pick up Werner at the edge of the box, arrowing a shot in the bottom corner.
Tottenham reacted well to his move as only Kurt Zouma’s last-ditch intervention denied Gedson Fernandes an equaliser.
He had won his previous three meetings against his former boss, Paddy, and the friction between the two blew up in the first half when they exchanged angry words on the touchline.
There was a better side to the ground, as Mendy made big saves from Lamela and Reguilon on both sides of the half-time.
Paddy revealed his purpose by putting Harry Kane out of the bench with 20 minutes to go.
Moments later, after Dier, the Portuguese marched down the tunnel while the defender made a run to the dressing room before returning quickly.
Chelsea did not make the most of a short time with an extra man, as Callum Hudson-Odoi shot, and Lloris saved Werner’s fierce effort.
And the visitors were punished seven minutes from the time that Lamela slotted home at the far post from Reguilon ‘s cross to bring the game to a shootout, and eventually to the final eight.