As expected, the London Derby was really competitive from beginning to end.
Both the Spurs and the Hammers showed strong sides to open the game, but it was Antonio Conte's side that came out on top with a 2-1 victory.
Tottenham were looking for revenge after the Hammers came out on top in the last meeting between the sides following a 1-0 win back in October.
𝐓𝐇𝐑𝐎𝐔𝐆𝐇. 🎩 pic.twitter.com/9AirifVWrh— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) December 22, 2021
Story of the game
First, the Dutchman scored for Spurs following a good link-up play in the penalty box between 'Stevie' and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.
Few minutes later, Bowen made it 1-1 after a neat turn in the box to send Eric Dier the wrong way.
Spurs took the lead at last just two minutes after West Ham's goal. Great work from Bergwijn inside the six-yard box before pulling it back to Moura to score.
Bergwijn was awarded Man of the Match after the game.
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Antonio Conte's statement
''The performance was good, I think, and we tried to control the game in the first part of it. We scored, then we conceded a goal that I think we were a bit unlucky,'' Conte said after the game.
''Then we scored another goal. I liked the way we moved the ball in possession, we attacked the goal with many players. In the second half at one point, we started to pay a bit for the Covid situations.
Many players who played today had Covid and at one point in the game the intensity dropped. For this reason I made substitutions. It was good not to concede a goal, to make the semi-final but I know that we had to manage this situation also on Sunday and then Tuesday. This period will be very tough for us.
We had an important problem like Covid and I have to try to manage. I see the positive aspects because in this situation, I’m giving the possibility, the chance to my players to show me they deserve to play for Tottenham, to stay here. This is a positive aspect for sure.''