Tottenham fans will be fuming after 'frustrating' new twist - 'they've missed a trick', pundit says
Noel Whelan has claimed Tottenham “missed a trick” by being knocked out of the League Cup as they are likely to be without silverware for yet another season.
The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted Antonio Conte’s side had a “real opportunity” to win the competition considering the calibre of sides which have already been eliminated.
Tottenham fell 2-0 away at Nottingham Forest on Wednesday (9 November) in the third round despite fielding an almost full-strength side.
Spurs’ last piece of silverware came in 2008 – when they beat Chelsea 2-1 in the League Cup final at Wembley.
The Londoners were beaten finalists against Man City in the competition under Ryan Mason in 2021.
Tottenham sit fourth in the Premier League and face a two-legged tie against AC Milan in the Champions League Round of 16 early next year.
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Whelan insisted Conte “wanted to win” against Forest after naming a strong side at the City Ground.
He told Football Insider’s Ewan Kingsbury: “They’ve missed a trick, haven’t they?”
“When you look at this, the teams knocked out, and look at that Man City-Liverpool draw – there was a real opportunity for them to go out and win a bit of silverware.
“The fact they went out with a full-strength squad and showed respect to the competition. That shows Conte wanted to win.
“But the performance wasn’t there. It’s not a great sign for Tottenham.
“I don’t think Tottenham fans will be very happy they’ve been knocked out and another trophy has passed them by.
“It’s frustrating for Tottenham, and I’m sure everyone will be talking about another season without a trophy come the end of this season.”