Tottenham Hotspur’s kind reward for beating Stoke 3-1 in the other quarterfinal match on Wednesday was a home game against another second-tier opponent, Brentford, in the last four. The semifinals will take place in the week beginning Jan. 4, with the final at Wembley Stadium having been pushed back to April.
The draw couldn’t have been kinder to former United manager Jose Mourinho, who moved within two wins of leading Tottenham to its first major trophy since 2008.
Gareth Bale, Ben Davies and Harry Kane scored for Spurs in a routine win at Stoke as Mourinho kept up his impressive record in the League Cup, which he won with Chelsea on three occasions and also while at United. It is a competition he targets and has won it each time he reaches the semifinals.
To win other trophies, you need to win more matches,” Mourinho said. The FA Cup didnt start for us. The Europa League, we are in the last 32. In the Premier League, I told you already what we are.
Mourinho fielded a strong team at Stoke, which is seventh in the Championship, with Kane playing the full match amid a busy run of games in the Premier League.
Bale glanced in a cross from Harry Winks to give Tottenham the lead in the 22nd minute with his third goal since returning to the club in September for a second spell. The winger didnt come out for the second half because of a calf injury.
Jordan Thompson equalized for Stoke in the 53rd in a rare sight of goal for the hosts following a counterattack but Davies put Tottenham back in front with a fierce low drive from 25 yards (meters).
Kane clinched victory in the 81st by running onto Moussa Sissokos pass and smashing a rising shot into the roof of the net.
“Its a cold, wet and windy Wednesday night at Stoke so it was tough,” Winks said, repeating an oft-used clich about Stoke stretching back to when the club was in the Premier League and hard to beat at home.
But we applied ourselves well, we were aggressive and ready to compete.”
(With inputs from AP)