Chelsea beat Tottenham Hotspur in the Semi-Finals of the Carabao Cup to set up a scintillating encounter with Man City in the Final.
Chelsea put up a good fight against Tottenham and came out on top to book a berth in the Final of the Carabao Cup Final. Maurizio Sarri had publicly criticized his players after a devastating performance against Arsenal and the Chelsea players really reacted positively and are now in the final.
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 24, 2019
A few things went the Blues’ way especially that Tottenham had arguably three of their most important players ruled out in Son Heung-Min, Harry Kane and Dele Alli. The fact that the game was at Stamford Bridge also really tipped the scales in Chelsea’s favor but overcoming a resolute Spurs defence and coming back from a
1-0 deficit is no mean feat and no credit should be taken from Chelsea.
Before the start of both legs, the Media had put a very interesting spin to the fixture setting Mauricio Pochettino and Maurizio Sarri up as Perrenial Underachievers and highlighted the fact that both Managers had still not won a trophy. The victor isn’t promised a trophy but is obviously given a really good chance to win one and in the end, it was the newcomer Maurizio Sarri who came out on top. Mauricio Pochettino has been a sensational manager at Spurs but the fact of the matter is that he needs to do a better job when it comes to crunch games that could fill up his empty Trophy cabinet.
Chelsea did play exceedingly well with N’Golo Kante scoring an absolute stunner in the 27th Minute and Eden Hazard doubling the Blues’ advantage merely ten minutes later with a clever first-time shot. But former Blue transfer target Fernando Llorente equalised for Tottenham in the 50th Minute. In the end, the game had to go down to penalties.
— kepa Arrizabalaga (@kepa_46) January 24, 2019
Chelsea had a perfect run at all their spot kicks with Willian, Jorginho, Azpilicueta and David Luiz converting their kicks. Spurs on the other hand weren’t very good with their spot kicks, though Erik Lamela and Christian Eriksen were successfu, Eric Dier shot wide and Lucas Moura’s shot was saved very well by Kepa Arrizabalaga.
Football is funny that way isn’t it? Just a week before this game Pundits, fans and even Maurizio Sarri was questioning the Players’ winning mentality and now the defence seems sorted, the players seem motivated and Chelsea have acquired one of the best strikers in Europe in Gonzalo Hguain. But that’s the thing with this game, the downfall can be much faster than the uprise. Chelsea will need to be careful.