Brewster and Jayden Bogle give way to Oliver Burke and Sander Berge, respectively, with the latter returning from a lengthy injury layoff.

It wasn’t a football-inspired half, but Spurs will be happy enough with a 1-0 lead.

Sheffield United have threatened several times, but they will need to sharpen their passes and increase the pace if they are to get anything here.

Spurs move the ball well, Alli passes Baldock and, turning on his heel, he whips a shot on target which Ramsdale saves with relative ease.

A neat passing movement from Spurs ends with Giovani Lo Celso cutting a shot over the crossbar.

Kane nearly sends Bale clean with an improvised ball, but Ramsdale reads the danger and sprints out of his line to clear.

Spurs win a free kick, Kane steps up and, after slamming his first effort into the wall, spoons a second blow wide.

Sheffield United advance and Brewster point John Fleck, but his weak training is blocked by Dier.

Kane tries to find Son with a ball across the box, which is cleared to Aurier. He picks up a pass over the top and finds Bale, who walks past Ramsdale with the outside of his boot.

Sheffield United have a small period of pressure, which ends when Brewster launches a shot into the stratosphere.

McGoldrick descends to the left and hits a ball in the face of the goal, but Brewster is nowhere to be found and Hugo Lloris comes together easily.

Reguilon jumps two challenges on the left and chooses Kane in the middle of the box, but he rams the ball into the stands with unusual clumsiness.

Baldock gives the ball slowly and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg takes a pass over for Son, but he can’t control it.

Kane passes Baldock in the box and looks certain to score, but Basham clears the line.

Serge Aurier takes the ball high and feeds Son, who opens an opening just outside the box. He hits a shot in the lower corner, but Ramsdale jumps to his right to make the stop.

Toby Alderweireld finds Alli with a smart diagonal deep ball, but his teammate can only send a looping header into Ramsdale’s taut gloves.

Kane falls deep and finds Bale with a nice chipped pass. He easily won a run with Basham on the right before cutting inside and hitting a shot over the crossbar.

Kane sends a cross into the box which takes a nasty deflection and lands on the roof of the net, much to Ramsdale’s relief.

A loose pass from Eric Dier allowed David McGoldrick to rush forward and land a shot just off the post.

Sheffield United have a risky moment as George Baldock allows Sergio Reguilon to sneak up behind him without a challenge, but Ramsdale clears.

Rhian Brewster slips behind the Spurs defense and sends a deep cross to Enda Stevens, who can’t quite get a shot.

Spurs reclaim the ball and Son Heung-min sends a teasing cross into the box, which finds Harry Kane on the charge. He forces Aaron Ramsdale to make a point-blank save, even though the offside flag was raised anyway.

… With Kean Bryan giving up his place, but otherwise the visitors are unchanged from the side that won 1-0 against Brighton at Bramall Lane.

Lucas Moura and Harry Winks retire, with Gareth Bale and Dele Alli joining the squad in their stead.

It was a baptism of fire for Ryan Mason during his short period as interim Tottenham manager and, having lost to Manchester City at Wembley, he now has to deal with the psychological fallout of the League Cup final.

It only takes a quick glimpse of Spurs results after losing the Champions League final in 2019 to see how difficult it can be for a team to recover from such a setback. Last weekend’s loss to City might not have been so devastating, but nonetheless it was a dramatic anticlimax.

Missing the chance to win the club’s first trophy in 13 years, players have to wonder when they will have a chance to make amends. Some may be reflecting on their future, with Spurs’ search for a new manager underway and the club facing yet another period of transition.

Amid all the commotion, Mason is now tasked with lifting a broken down team as they attempt to secure European football for next season in their last five games. While a heart-to-heart encounter with Sheffield United may seem ideal under the circumstances, the Blades beat Brighton last weekend and could be deceptively delicate opponents.

Asked about the atmosphere in the Spurs camp ahead of the game, Mason said: “It went well this week. The guys have been excellent in training, they have been brilliant, good intensity, which is good. Everyone is in good shape and eager to go.

“Obviously, this past weekend has been a disappointment. It still hurts, the pain was there, and still is. I don’t think it ever leaves you, but we have a very important game this weekend and we are all professionals. “

As for the threat posed by Sheffield United, he said: “They are a good team, competitive, aggressive so we have to match that. Last season, they had a very good season. “

“They kept the same style, the same philosophy, so the foundations are there. They know what they are doing.

“Listen, this weekend is about us. We are at home, so we have to be full of confidence, we have to be courageous, we have to show real energy and hopefully give a positive performance. “

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