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League Cup: Chelsea confirm their ticket to the final

Already leading 2-0 in the first leg, Chelsea sealed their ticket to the League Cup final by beating an unrewarded Tottenham 1-0 on Wednesday.

Scoring three goals for the Blues is in itself a very difficult challenge, but Thomas Tuchel did not take this comeback lightly, fielding a team very close to his eleven type.

Antonio Conte, who had to do without Son Heung-min, who was injured for several weeks, opted to leave Hugo Lloris on the bench for Pierluigi Gollini in the cage.

League Cup: Chelsea confirm their ticket to the final

Chelsea’s German defender Antonio Rudiger (c) opens the scoring despite pressure from Tottenham’s Italian goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini in their League Cup semi-final second leg match on January 12, 2022 in the Hotspur Stadium (AFP – Ben STANSALL)

A decision that he could have regretted in the 18th minute when the Italian goalkeeper fell a little short in his aerial exit against Antonio Rüdiger, who opened the scoring with a header from behind the neck (0-1).

The away goal rule that hasn’t applied in the League Cup since 2019 changed little for Spurs, who attacked the opposing cages, but sometimes in a messy way.

A shot by Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, deflected off the back by Andreas Christensen (33rd), immediately followed by a header by Davinson Sanchez, on the consecutive corner, which Harry Kane came within inches of pushing into the bottom, in the second stick, would have completely restarted the game before the break.

Tottenham's Brazilian defender Emerson Royal heads the ball past Chelsea midfielder Callum Hudson-Odoi in their League Cup semi-final second leg match at Hotspur Stadium on January 12, 2022 (AFP - Ben STANSALL )

Tottenham’s Brazilian defender Emerson Royal heads the ball past Chelsea midfielder Callum Hudson-Odoi in their League Cup semi-final second leg match at Hotspur Stadium on January 12, 2022 (AFP – Ben STANSALL )

A good header from Emerson Royal, close to the hour mark, well repelled by Kepa -impeccable in Chelsea’s goals in his interim Edouard Mendy, who went to the CAN-, would also have deserved better luck.

And to top it off, the VAR has filled the locals’ enthusiasm on three occasions by annulling two penalties called by André Marriner and then a draw by Kane, due to offside position (63rd).

Chelsea's German manager Thomas Tuchel thanks the fans after the 1-0 victory over Tottenham in the second leg of the League Cup semi-final on January 12, 2022 at the Hotspur Stadium (AFP - Ben Stansall)

Chelsea’s German manager Thomas Tuchel thanks the fans after the 1-0 victory over Tottenham in the second leg of the League Cup semi-final on January 12, 2022 at the Hotspur Stadium (AFP – Ben Stansall)

Probably feeling the wind of the ball, Tuchel brought in Thiago Silva instead of Christensen in the 66th minute and especially Marcos Alonso instead of Timo Werner to return to a system with three central defenders, which gave him control of the debates. for the last time. 20 minutes.

The German coach will thus have a second chance to win a domestic trophy after losing the FA Cup final against Leicester last season (1-0).

A title that will obviously weigh infinitely less than the Champions League, but with a final that promises to be a very good poster, on February 27, since it will face Liverpool or Arsenal, who face Anfield on Thursday in the first leg. .

Initially scheduled at the Emirates last week, the matchup had been postponed by a week and the order of matches reversed due to too many Reds absences, due in particular to Covid-19 cases.


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