Antonio Conte says he will “give everything” to help Tottenham Hotspur (4/1 to win EFL Cup) end their trophy drought after he was handed a reunion with former club Chelsea in the draw for the EFL Cup semi-finals.

Spurs have not lifted a major piece of silverware since beating Chelsea in the 2008 EFL Cup final, but they moved a step closer to ending that drought thanks to Wednesday’s 2-1 success over West Ham United in the quarter finals.

Goals from Steven Bergwijn and Lucas Moura either side of a Jarrod Bowen strike for West Ham helped Spurs secure their progress and they will now face Chelsea over two legs next month for a place in the final.

That will see head coach Conte return to Stamford Bridge for the first time since he left the Chelsea in 2018.

The Italian won the Premier League and FA Cup during his two seasons in charge of the Blues, but he insists his focus now is on defeating his former club and leading Tottenham to silverware.

“I enjoyed an amazing season at Chelsea and enjoyed a lot there,” Conte told Sky Sports. “But now I’m the manager of Tottenham and ready to give everything for this club. In England to win a trophy is very, very difficult. Now we’ll see.”

An understrength Chelsea (7/4 to win EFL Cup) booked their place in the last four with a 2-0 victory at Brentford. Both goals came in the final 10 minutes, with Bees defender Pontus Jansson putting through his own net before Jorginho sealed the win from the penalty spot.

The Blues had been without a number of first-team stars due to a Covid outbreak within the squad, with teenagers Harvey Vale, Jude Soonsup-Bell and Xavier Simons all being handed debuts from the start.

Head coach Thomas Tuchel was certainly pleased with the efforts of his depleted side, saying: “We did everything to get to the semis, we wanted to be there and we deserved to be there.

“It was a brilliant performance and result in the circumstances, and with the line-up and the situation.”

Wednesday’s other quarter-final tie saw Liverpool (15/8 to win EFL Cup) come from 2-0 and 3-1 down before eventually beating Leicester City 5-4 on penalties after a 3-3 draw at Anfield.

A Jamie Vardy brace had Leicester 2-0 up inside 13 minutes before Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain pulled one back for Liverpool, only for James Maddison to restore the visitors’ two-goal cushion before half time.

Diogo Jota again reduced the deficit for Liverpool after the break before Takumi Minamino took the game to penalties with a dramatic 95th-minute equaliser.

From there, Reds goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher proved the hero, saving from Luke Thomas and Ryan Bertrand, which allowed Diogo Jota to convert the decisive spot kick.

Liverpool will face Arsenal (4/1 to win EFL Cup) in the semi-finals – the Gunners having thrashed Sunderland 5-1 in their quarter-final tie – with the first legs due to take place the week commencing January 3, with the return matches to follow a week later.

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