Jose Mourinho was punching the air after a mad, bonkers cup tie he did not really want to win.
Touchline bust-ups, brutal challenges, a bizarre toilet break and then all decided on penalties as the bad blood from one of London’s fiercest derbies spilled over at White Hart Lane.
This was fabulous entertainment, an unforgettable game which ended in heartbreak for Mason Mount who missed the all decisive spot kick in the shoot-out.
But it will be remembered for Frank Lampard’s war of words with his old managerial mentor on the touchline and Eric Dier’s dash for the loo in the 76th minute.
Yes, really. In fact, Mourinho was so bemused that he chased Dier down the tunnel to see what on earth was going on. Presumably, Mourinho expected Dier just to cross his legs.
After all, Mourinho was clearly up for it, having taunted Lampard during the first half for having too much to say on the touchline. Oh, the irony.
Yet the most galling thing of all was that Mourinho has been pretty vocal that the Carabao Cup was a game too far in among Tottenham’s fixture schedule of nine games in 21 days.
Mourinho said they could not compete and something would have to give – but then when you put these two bitter rivals together you cannot stop them from having a tear up.
Chelsea were so unlucky to lose having dominated the first half and Timo Werner put them ahead with his first goal in English football.
But no-one should forget that, back in 2016, Chelsea celebrated like they won the league when they stopped Tottenham winning the title and those memories still burn deep.
Back came Tottenham, roared on by Mourinho on the touchline as the Spurs boss suddenly forgot about his moans and groans about having to play too many games.
It was no holds barred, no quarter given and sheer entertainment as, once again, the Carabao Cup delivered a timely reminder that this trophy always produces great drama and stories.
Mourinho, after all, is the Premier League who could have a row in an empty room – and certainly cannot help himself when there is a football match at stake.
Tottenham started with a near full strength line-up but were toothless up front and yet the way they fought back, battled and scrapped showed incredible spirit.
Chelsea thoroughly deserved to go ahead after 19 minutes in what was a nightmare for Tottenham’s new boy Sergio Reguilón on his debut.
Left back Reguilón gave the ball away, it was fed out wide to Cesar Azpilicueta who proceeded to put Reguilón on his backside and then sent over a low cross.
There was Werner in the middle to steer home a brilliant finish and show just why he is developing into a hugely promising signing for Chelsea.
Chelsea’s debutant keeper Edouard Mendy made a sensational save to push Reguilón’s shot over the crossbar after 50 minutes as the intensity levels went up.
Tottenham threw on Harry Kane and then Lamela came to the home side’s rescue. Reguilon redeemed himself with a terrific cross and Lamela scored an 84th minute equaliser to send it to penalties.
Dier, Lamela, Pierre Hoijberg, Lucas Moura and Kane all scored for Spurs, Tammy Abraham, Cesar Azpilicueta, Jorginho and Emerson also converted before Mount slashed wide.
Tottenham: Lloris 6; Alderweireld 6, Dier 6, Tanganga 6 (Kane, 70, 6); Aurier, 6 Gedson 5 (Højbjerg, 63, 6), Ndombele 6, Sissoko 6, Reguilon 6; Bergwijn 5 (Lucas, 76), Lamela 7.
Chelsea: Mendy 7; Azpilicueta 7, Zouma 7, Tomori 6, Chilwell 6 (Emerson, 66, 6); Jorginho 7, Kovacic 6 (Kante, 70, 6); Mount 7; Hudson-Odoi 6, Giroud 6 (Abraham, 76), Werner 7.
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