Tottenham Hotspur reached the semifinals of the League Cup with a 3-1 win over second-tier side Stoke City on Wednesday thanks to goals from Gareth Bale, Ben Davies and Harry Kane.

Chasing a first major trophy since winning the League Cup in 2008, the Premier League side dominated the first half and took a deserved lead when Gareth Bale flicked in a 22nd-minute header from a Harry Winks cross. It was Bale’s third goal since returning to Tottenham on loan from Real Madrid.

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The host lacked its famously passionate crowd at the Bet365 stadium, but the chill wind and pre-match rain bore out the old cliche about the toughest test in football being a “cold, wet night at Stoke”.

And indeed, as those few present to watch huddled in their woolies, Stoke brought scowls to Mourinho’s face in the second half with an…

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