Chelsea are ready to take on Tottenham Hotspur in the Capital One final this Sunday with Jose Mourinho’s side being the overwhelming favourites to lift the first trophy of 2014-15 English football season.
Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs will go as the underdogs in the final. Having said that we have seen this Spurs side knock over Chelsea in their last meeting and this Spurs side do have some real match winners in their side.
Those who feel that, this final will be a foregone conclusion are sadly mistaken, because as we see Tottenham have all the potential to upstage Jose Mourinho and Chelsea to win their first trophy this season.
We take a look at 5 valid reasons which would back our claim of Spurs winning the Capital One Cup against Chelsea:
Chelsea fans … Remember 5-3 at White Hart Lane?
One of the best quotes used in sports is “you are only as good as your last game.” The last time Chelsea played Tottenham Hotspur, it was New Year’s Day and Spurs spoilt the party for Chelsea by comprehensively beating them by a margin of 5-3.
Harry Kane was their chief destroyer on the night scoring a memorable hattrick. Perhaps the best part about Spurs’ 5-3 win was that, there was no alleged remarks made by Jose Mourinho towards the referee or towards any Spurs player for making a criminal tackle on his player. If Spurs can do it then, they can certainly do it now with stakes raised even further.
Spurs have upset Chelsea in Capital One Cup final before
Chelsea were a way better side than Spurs in 2007-08 Capital One Cup final. It was a house banker for the people to back Chelsea for the League Cup win but Spurs did snatch the Capital One Cup glory away from the blues courtesy of Dimitar Berbatov’s goals.
Anyone thinks, upsets do not happen, take a look at 2013’s FA Cup final when Wigan beat Manchester City to clinch the most unthinkable Cup final success ever. Odds are never too great to overcome and this Spurs side is well capable of upsetting Chelsea on their day.
Harry Kane and Nemanja Matic
Kane’s presence and Matic’s absence could prove to be the key for the respective sides. Kane has been in inspiring form and he will remember his memorable hattrick against Chelsea on the New Year’s day. Kane has scored a phenomenal 24 goals in 37 matches this season and in any final, just 1 goal does the trick.
Whereas Chelsea will miss their key enforcer Nemanja Matic, without whom Chelsea look like a different side altogether. Matic’s absence would allow the likes of Eriksen, Dembele, Lamela and Bentaleb more time on the ball to feed Harry Kane up front. Matic is missing this game due to his outrageous reaction to Ashley Barne’s challenge last weekend in the Premier League.
Spurs are the comeback kings and they fight till the end
Tottenham have an amazing record this season of scoring goals and winning the games in last 5 minutes of a game. Spurs have managed to come back from a losing position and win 16 points this season so far and out of those 13 points have come in the last 5 minutes of the games.
Even if Chelsea do manage to score the first goal this Sunday, the final will not be a dead and buried encounter. Spurs were at it again last weekend when they scored two goals after the 80th minute mark to secure a 2-2 draw against West Ham after being 2-0 down.
To refresh the memories, Chelsea were leading 1-0 as well when Kane storm struck the blues and they crumbled to a 5-3 defeat back on the New Year’s day. So if it has been done before, it can be done once again.
An unusual piece of history
For our last reason, we go back in history. If we take a look at Tottenham’s last 6 appearances in the League Cup final we will see a WLWLWL trend. Now for those who believe in Mathematical sequences you know what follows next.
Spurs fans would hope for the sequence to maintain its trend and Chelsea fans would hope against it. This Sunday, we have a great final is in prospects with either side having the players who can win a cup final on their own. We would hope the final lives up to the bidding.