Carabao Cup: Tottenham Hotspur vs Chelsea 12/1/22 – Full Match Report

Blues complete a clean sweep against Tottenham to reach their fourth cup final under Thomas Tuchel.


Written by Ryan Bellenie (@BellenieSport).


Pre-game:

Since their first meeting in 1909, Chelsea and Tottenham have since put on a further 170 matches – making it one of the biggest rivalries in English football. Wednesday night’s fixture looked to provide the same entertainment that we’ve seen over the past 112 years, with The Blues taking a 2-0 lead to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.


With Chelsea marching on to a 2-0 victory in last week’s first leg at Stamford Bridge, the fixture marked the second leg of their semi-final in the Carabao Cup. Antonio Conte’s side however certainly had their work cut out, especially given that Thomas Tuchel has never lost a semi-final in his managerial career.


With Conte looking to seek revenge over his former side, the Italian made three alterations to his team from last week’s first leg, with Pierluigi Gollini, Harry Winks and Giovani Lo Celso all making the starting eleven.


In the opposing dugout, Thomas Tuchel made for changes to his side, which also saw the German model his side with a four-man defence.

First half:

The game was opened up by a fairly steady opening 10 minutes, with both teams beginning proceedings at a relatively mellow pace. The first chance of the first half arrived on the 11th minute, with Antonio Rüdiger’s long ball finding the run of Romelu Lukaku, who was then denied by Pierluigi Gollini.


The save rebounded onto Davinson Sánchez, who was fortunate not to repeat history and open the match with an own goal.


The chance opened the game up with The Blues applying pressure to Spurs’ backline. On the 18th minute, Antonio Rüdiger beat Pierluigi Gollini to Mason Mount’s cross from a corner and fired Chelsea ahead.

Tottenham, who were now 3-0 down on aggregate, needed an urgent response. Pierre-Emile Højbjerg and Davinson Sánchez came close to responding for the hosts, but both players missed out by narrow margins.


On the 40th minute, goalscorer Antonio Rüdiger was involved in controversy as the German fouled Pierre-Emile Højbjerg, with referee Andre Marriner pointing to the spot. However, VAR intervened to show the foul took place outside the penalty area, which deflated the noise of the home supporters.


Spurs couldn’t get it going in the first half, whilst Chelsea did everything necessary to keep themselves in the lead.

Second half:

In replica style of what we had just seen, the talking point of the second half arrived on the hour mark with Andre Marriner pointing to the penalty spot once again.


A dazzling run from Harry Kane saw a three-on-one opportunity arrive, with the striker slotting Lucas Moura in on goal. The Brazilian looked to take it round Kepa Arrizabalaga, who was accused of fouling the Brazilian despite making clean contact with the ball.


Once again, VAR intervened to correct the decision of the referee.


Tottenham’s pressure then continued, with Emerson Royal forcing Arrizabalaga into making a top save to keep his clean sheet intact.


On the 63rd minute, it looked as if poor distribution from the Chelsea goalkeeper had resulted in a Tottenham equaliser. However, VAR intervened once again to penalise Harry Kane for being offside as Arrizabalaga moved forward to trap the striker in an illegal position.


The Spanish goalkeeper continued his excellent second half as he denied substitute Ryan Sessegnon in the dying stages of stoppage time. The final whistle eventually blew, confirming Chelsea’s place at Wembley on February 27th.

After the whistle:

The Blues have now kept clean sheets against their north London rivals in their last five matchups, whilst losing just one in their last 10 against Spurs. Despite Tottenham’s chances in the game, and perhaps misfortune with decisions, Chelsea fully deserve their place in the League Cup final following two superb performances.


With Édouard Mendy absent, Kepa Arrizabalaga has been fantastic when asked upon. The Spaniard has looked impressive in both games against Spurs and stood out in the second half to pull off a couple of impressive, important saves.

The Blues have now reached four cup finals since Thomas Tuchel’s appointment last January, reaching the final stage of the FA Cup, Champions League, Super Cup and now the Carabao Cup.


With another trip to Wembley added into the diary, Chelsea will now turn their attention to Saturday’s early kick-off, which will see the Champions of Europe travel take on the Champions of England in a mouth-watering fixture in Manchester.


Tottenham on the other hand will look to bounce back on Sunday, as they defend home soil in a north London derby against Arsenal.


Final score:

Tottenham Hotspur 0-1 Chelsea.

- Rüdiger (18’).


BBC Sports Player of the match:

Antonio Rüdiger (Chelsea).

Line-ups:

Tottenham Hotspur (5-3-2): Gollini; Royal, Tanganga, Sánchez, Davies, Doherty (65’); Lo Celso (71’), Winks (81’), Højbjerg, Kane ©, Moura.

- Subs: Sessegnon (65’), Gil (71’), Skipp (81’).


Chelsea (4-2-2-2): Arrizabalaga; Azpilicueta ©, Christensen (66’), Rüdiger, Sarr; Jorginho (82’), Kovačić (77’); Mount (66’), Hudson-Odoi; Lukaku, Werner (66’).

- Subs: Silva (66’), Ziyech (66’), Alonso (66’), Kanté (77’), Loftus-Cheek (82’).


Referee:

Andre Marriner.


Attendance:

45,603.


Possession:

Tottenham Hotspur (36%) vs Chelsea (64%).


Shots:

Tottenham Hotspur (15) vs Chelsea (13).


Shots on target:

Tottenham Hotspur (3) vs Chelsea (3).


Corners:

Tottenham Hotspur (7) vs Chelsea (6).


Fouls:

Tottenham Hotspur (10) vs Chelsea (10).

- (credit | BBC Sport).


Match highlights:

- (credit | Sky Sports Football).

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