Less impressive than a week ago at Stamford Bridge, but equally successful, Chelsea played in the second semi-final of the Carabao Cup against Tottenham. Thomas Tuchel’s players defeated Koguty 1-0 (3-0 on aggregate) and thanks to this they secured their participation in the final of the national competition.
The game at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium was slower and less attractive than the game last week at Stamford Bridge. This was mainly due to Chelsea, who decided to calmly control the result, did not take any risks and focused primarily on defending access to their goal. Spurs players did not show too much desire to turn the tide of the game, with the exception of the first minutes of the match, during which they carried out a few quick actions.
Chelsea, however, quickly took the lead, held the ball for a long time and played positional attacks. In the 18th minute, The Blues managed to take the lead. Antonio Rüdiger directed the ball into the home team’s goal after a good cross from Mason Mount. The German took advantage of the bad behavior of Japhet Tanganga and Pierluigi Gollini.
After this goal, Koguty lost even more hope for a promotion to the Carabao Cup final, and their game showed discouragement and lack of commitment. Chelsea used her situation very wisely as she did not impose too much pace and led the game.
At the end of the first half, the hearts of the Blue fans could have beaten a bit faster when, after Antonio Rüdiger’s decisive entry, the referee awarded the hosts a penalty kick. However, after VAR’s intervention, the referee changed his decision and awarded a free kick as the Chelsea defender’s offense took place just outside the penalty area.
The result did not change until the end of the first part of the game. Chelsea were leading 1-0 (3-0 on aggregate) and were confidently heading towards a promotion to the Carabao Cup Final.
After switching sides, the picture of the game did not change at first, but over time Spurs players began to make their voice heard more and more often. Antnio Conte’s charges took the risk and created some very dangerous opportunities.
The hosts, however, could talk about the lack of luck. After one of the counterattacks, Harry Kane passed a bit too hard to Lucas Moura, thanks to which Kepa Arrizabalaga managed to deflect the ball. The referee ruled that the Brazilian had been fouled by the Chelsea goalkeeper and awarded the hosts a penalty kick. After re-examining the whole situation, the arbitrator decided, however, that the infringement had not occurred.
Soon after, Tottenham took the ball after a not-so-good shot by Kepa. The football went to Harry Kane, who put the ball in the goal, but after VAR’s intervention the Englishman’s hit was canceled due to an offside position.
In the following minutes, Chelsea returned to the first half and regained the initiative to some extent. The Blues slowly played positional attacks, kept the ball out of their own goal, and successfully defended the clean sheet.
By the end of the match, the result did not change. The match was extended by a few minutes because one of the hosts’ fans needed medical help and the game was suspended. After a few minutes’ break, the referee resumed the competition, Chelsea maintained a modest lead, thanks to which they beat Tottenham 3-0 in the semi-final tie in the Carabao Cup and secured a promotion to the final of the domestic competition.
Tottenham 0: 1 Chelsea (0: 1). Goals: Rüdiger 18 ‘
Tottenham: Gollini; Davies, Sánchez, Tanganga; Royal, Doherty (Sessegnon 65 ‘), Højbjerg, Winks (Skipp 82’); Lucas, Lo Celso (Gil 71 ‘), Kane (c)
Chelsea: Clump; Christensen (Thiago Silva 66 ‘), Sarr, Rüdiger; Azpilicueta (c), Jorginho (Loftus-Cheek 82 ‘), Kovačić (Kanté 77’), Hudson-Odoi; Mount (Ziyech 66 ‘), Lukaku, Werner (Alonso 66’)