Nothing surprising happened in the second leg of the Carabao Cup final between Tottenham and Chelsea. Leading 2-0 from the first leg of their semi-final, Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger headed the game’s only goal early in the first half at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium to seal their passage to Wembley. Football betting in the Carabao Cup is a good choice for starters.
Tuchel’s team also had VAR official Mike Dean on their side as Tottenham were given two penalties by Andre Marriner, only for reviews to overturn both, while Harry Kane saw a goal disallowed for offside.
Chelsea, 3-0 aggregate winners, will play Liverpool or Arsenal in the final at Wembley on February 27.
The Blues played four-at-the-back for the first time all season in the first leg against Spurs at Stamford Bridge. They controlled the game from start to finish.
After winning the game, Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel achieved a rare record. Tuchel is the first manager in Chelsea’s history to lead the club to the Champions League, FA Cup and League Cup finals, a feat he achieved just 350 days after his first game in charge in January 2020.
It is Chelsea’s first League Cup final appearance since 2019 as they aim to win the competition for the first time since 2015.
Tottenham’s dream of getting a title is again gone. Tottenham have not won a major trophy since lifting the League Cup in 2008.
Both the managers had their say after the game. “We started good. We had big chances and controlled the match, but I had the feeling we played with fire,” Tuchel said.
“We allowed chances from sloppy mistakes and were lucky. We almost gave a penalty away for no reason, for a bit of over-confidence. We needed luck to not give away another penalty, to have an offside VAR decision,” he added.
“We need to play better if we’re going to really deserve results like this. We have to meet the standards,” Tuchel said.
Spurs manager Antonio Conte said that it was difficult to overturn a match against a team like Chelsea, who possesses excellent quality. “At the end of the two games Chelsea deserved to reach the final in this competition, we have to be honest,” Conte said.
“In the second half we created many chances to score and we deserved a result better than losing 1-0 but if you have a judgement over the two games Chelsea deserved to win,” he added.
Tottenham’s bid to become just the second team to reach the League Cup final after losing the first leg by more than one goal was shattered in the 18th minute.