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.
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…