Carabao Cup semifinal second match: Tottenham Hotspur 0-1 Chelsea (0-3 agg)

Antonio Rudiger overtook Pierluigi Gollin to the ball by a single goal of the evening
Antonio Rudiger also scored in Chelsea’s September 3 Premier League victory at Tottenham

Chelsea advanced to the Carabao Cup final when she closed a comfortable semi-final win over Tottenham.

The Spurs never seriously threatened to overturn Chelsea’s two-goal advantage in the first game, and Antonio Rudiger’s unconventional ending at Mason Mount’s corner after 18 minutes effectively confirmed a date at Wembley with Arsenal or Liverpool.

It was a night of frustration for the Spurs and their former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, when they saw two penalties that referee Andre Marriner awarded for fouls on Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Lucas Moura, correctly transformed by VAR.

Harry Kane also saw a goal eliminated for offside in improved performance in the second half by Spurs, but Chelsea always seemed to have everything under control – and once she increased her overall lead in the beginning, she was able to control matters without hitting her best form.

The game was interrupted late after a medical emergency in the crowd and after the resumption of Chelsea completed the formalities of her victory.

Conte’s huge task revealed

The Spurs Conte manager made no secret of the size of his work in rejuvenating the club after their recent collapse – and any doubts about this diagnosis have been removed by Chelsea’s apparent superiority in this case.

However, it was still a mystery why Conte felt the need to rest the experienced goalkeeper and captain Hugo Lloris with a tie and replace him with Pierluigi Gollini’s deputy.

Gollini distinguished himself when he saved his feet from Romelu Lukak at the outset, but he was guilty of unconvincingly heading for Mount’s corner. This move ended badly when the ball was turned into the net via Rudiger’s back.

It was certainly work that required Lloris ‘presence, when the Spurs’ error line was virtually non-existent.

The Spurs took on a challenge after the break, but it was too little, too late – and this was an average demonstration that only illustrated how much work Conte had to do.

Kane fought but did not achieve his best form, while in the middle of the field lacked creativity, which allowed Chelsea to keep the Spurs relatively comfortable.

Conte will expect serious support from Spurs President Daniel Levy if his move and ruthless ambitions are to be met. He currently has a team that requires a serious investment before thinking about getting closer to the Premier League elite.

Tuchel shows a magical touch again

Chelsea is now led by Thomas Tuchel in the third final in a row since he came almost a year ago to replace the fired Frank Lampard.

Last season, he led them to the FA Cup final, which Chelsea lost to Leicester City, before winning the biggest European club award of all, winning the Champions League against Manchester City in Porto.

The task of reaching the EFL Cup final was largely done in the first game at Stamford Bridge, but Chelsea came here with such determination and offensive intent that it made it clear that they were determined to put out the Spurs’ hopes as quickly as possible.

Lukaku missed one chance to do so, but the first goal they wanted came from Rudiger, giving Spurs a task he never dreamed of.

Tuchel, standards as high as ever, occasionally cut a disgruntled figure in the second half as Chelsea’s intensity dropped and a bit of complacency seemed to creep into their game, giving the Spurs opportunities they never had in the first 45 minutes.

Chelsea players responded to their manager’s demands, and the draw took place in a witness atmosphere in the final minutes as Spurs fans left the stadium in droves, leaving one corner full of joyful, celebrating guest fans.

Chelsea’s strength reappeared when Tuchel managed to bring Thiag Silva, Marcos Alonso, Hakim Ziyech, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and N’Golo Kante in the second half to ensure that the door for the Spurs was never ajar. In fact, it hit them in the face.

It shows the amount of work Tuchel has done that, 350 days after his first match at Chelsea, he became the first manager in their history to lead them to the Champions League, FA Cup and EFL Cup finals.

And based on this evidence, Chelsea will stop whoever stands up at Wembley at the end of February.

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  1. Platoon number11Player nameGil
  2. Platoon number19Player nameRyan Sessegnon
  3. Platoon number29Player nameSkip


  1. Platoon number1Player nameArrizabalaga

  2. Platoon number28Player nameAzpilicueta

  3. Platoon number4Player nameChristensen

  4. Platoon number2Player nameRüdiger

  5. Platoon number31Player nameSarr

  6. Platoon number5Player nameJorginho

  7. Platoon number8Player nameKovacic

  8. Platoon number19Player nameMount

  9. Platoon number20Player nameHudson-Odoi

  10. Platoon number9Player nameLukaku

  11. Platoon number11Player nameWerner

  1. Platoon number3Player nameAlonso

  2. Platoon number6Player nameThiago Silva

  3. Platoon number7Player nameKanté

  4. Platoon number12Player nameLoftus-Cheek

  5. Platoon number22Player nameZiyech



Formation 5-3-2

  • 22Gollini
  • 12Emerson Royal
  • 25Tanganga
  • 6D Sanchez
  • 33Davies
  • 2DohertyReplaced byR Sessegnonon 65 ‘minutes
  • 18Lo CelsoReplaced byGilon 71 ‘minutes
  • 8He winksReplaced bySkipon 81 ‘minutes
  • 5Højbjerg
  • 10Buzzard
  • 27Lucas Moura


  • 1Lloris
  • 11Gil
  • 14Rodon
  • 19R Sessegnon
  • 20Alli
  • 29Skip
  • 42White
  • 44Scarlett
  • 48Easter


Formation 4-2-2-2

  • 1Arrizabalaga
  • 28Azpilicueta
  • 4ChristensenReplaced byThiago Silvaon 66 ‘minutes
  • 2Rüdiger
  • 31Sarr
  • 5JorginhoReplaced byLoftus-Cheekon 82 ‘minutes
  • 8KovacicReplaced byKantéon 77 ‘minutes
  • 19MountReplaced byZiyechon 66 ‘minutes
  • 20Hudson-Odoi
  • 9Lukaku
  • 11WernerReplaced byAlonsoon 66 ‘minutes


  • 3Alonso
  • 6Thiago Silva
  • 7Kanté
  • 10Pulisic
  • 12Loftus-Cheek
  • 13Bettinelli
  • 17Saúl
  • 22Ziyech
  • 29Havertz

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