Tottenham Hotspur head coach Ange Postecoglou was disappointed to be eliminated on penalties in the first leg of the League Cup (Carabao Cup).”I’m very disappointed with the result,” Postecoglou said after Tottenham’s 2023-2024 Carabao Cup second-round tie against Fulham at Craven Cottage in London, England, on Tuesday. Tottenham lost 3-5 on penalties after drawing 1-1 with Fulham earlier in the day to fail to advance to the next round. The Carabao Cup introduced Premier League (EPL) teams in this round, and Tottenham were swept by fellow EPL side Fulham in their first match. Tottenham rotated heavily on the day, taking off several key players in the second half, including ‘Captain’ Son Heung-min, but it wasn’t enough to win the game .Spurs, who finished eighth in the EPL last season and failed to qualify for European competition, have been unbeaten in three games (two wins, one draw) since the start of the new season under Postecoglou.”We didn’t play well, especially early on,” said Postecoglou, “which is not surprising given the amount of changes we’ve made. Many of the players who started today were playing their first game of the season.” “We weren’t cohesive, we weren’t slick. We had chances to win in the second half, but we couldn’t get over the hump and lost on penalties. “Tottenham hasn’t won a trophy since the 2008 League Cup (then known as the Carling Cup). After missing the first round of the League Cup, a competition they could realistically have a shot at winning, they are in danger of continuing their ‘irrelevance’ this season. While they’ve gotten off to a good start in the league, the loss of their iconic striker Harry Kane to Bayern Munich is a risk that follows them everywhere. Postecoglou has been giving Brazilian striker Cesc Fabregas a chance, who finally broke his goal drought in the league on Sunday with his first goal of the season. “It’s good that he scored, but I think he’s done better in other games,” Postecoglou said. “I understand that people talk about goals, but for me it’s more important to contribute to the football we play,” he said.” Not only him, but some players gave the ball away too much today. This is an important part of our game and something I would like to see him improve.” “We need to refine the squad to make it more manageable and see if there is 스포츠토토링크 room to bring in players to strengthen it,” he added.