After little bit of struggle throughout the entire competition Chelsea finally laid their hand on the Capital One Cup trophy. It was not a tough job for Mourinho’s men to beat Spurs as then won the game with a convincing margin of 2 goals to nil. Many expected it to be a neck to neck situation as Spurs were in impressive form in the recent months and Chelsea were without their main man in the midfield, Nemanja Matic. Chelsea’s style of play here was textbook counter attacking football and they didn’t dominate much on possession but their attackers were causing continuous threats to the Spurs defense. Here’s a brief analysis of this game.
Chelsea’s starting XI on the pitch was shockingly amazing as Jose started with 5 members of the back four and one of them was in the Defensive Midfield area. But for the first 30 minute Chelsea midfielders were struggling to coordinate on the pitch manly because of the absence of Matic and presence of Zouma. Meanwhile Spurs were brilliantly taking the advantage of the vulnerable Chelsea side as they were on all out attack mode most of the Tottenham attacks were initiated form the right hand and also through Ramires’s area. Spurs amost found the back of the net with the likes of Eriksen’s free kick which struck the bar. But the most eye catching moments were created by Kane because of his Messi level dribbling and cutting.
Chelsea’s midfielders were just a click away from being vulnerable to lethal and fortunately the switch was turned on after 35 minutes. Chelsea were strong in buildup plays and during one of the plays Willian got fouled and earned a valuable set piece form the right hand corner of the pitch which led to John Terry’s goal.
As mentioned above Chelsea’s switch was turned on in the 35th minute. It was 2nd half where Jose Mourinho got his tactics spot on and Chelsea became highly lethal especially on the counter attacks. Chelsea were all over Spurs right from the beginning of the second half. And it was in the 56th minute where o on of the counter attacks led to a goal which was indeed an own goal scored by the injured man Kyle Walker. After the goal it was quiet obvious that the game was Chelsea’s to loose and Jose was so relaxed that he once also sprayed water from his bottle on the camera.
While for the rest of the half Chelsea were resisting Spurs pressing and constantly creating counter attacks. Here Zouma was quite impressive as he smartly filled the missing boots of Matic. He was not as influential as Matic in the passing and chance creation department but defensively he was more than excellent as he was also compensating the mistakes made by Ramires and Cahill. Most of his blocks and clearances were match saving while his tackles were also fruitful. Spur’s attack was dangerous at time but thanks to Azpilicueta’s speed and bravery which ceased the attacks. The goal scorer John Terry also made multiple blocks and clearances and won his well deserved man of the match award.
Overall it was an entertaining game for neutral ones while a great night for Chelsea fans as this was the first trophy of Mourinho’s second spell.