Carabao Cup Semi-final report: Tottenham 0 Chelsea 1 (0-3 on aggregate) + Extended Highlights

Chelsea are going to Wembley after finishing the job with a professional 1-0 win at Tottenham on the night, completing a 3-0 aggregate victory over our London rivals in the Carabao Cup semi-finals.

This second leg began pretty much the same way the first had finished, as Chelsea enjoyed plenty of the ball but in comfortable areas for our opponents to defend, not providing many problems for Tottenham in the opening minutes.
When the first attempt arrived, it was for the home team, as Harry Kane went for goal from a free-kick awarded softly against Andreas Christensen on the edge of our box, but he couldn’t beat the wall.

Our own first shot came via Timo Werner, when an Antonio Rudiger long ball was headed into his path just outside the area. With the ball bouncing he spotted goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini off his line and attempted to lift a lob over him, but he got too much on it and the ball dropped beyond the crossbar onto the roof of the net.
It was the Blues who produced the first real bit of threat for either of the goalkeepers, again via a long pass from Rudiger, this time into the path of Romelu Lukaku’s run. The Belgian did brilliantly to bring it down on his chest while holding off a challenge and drove a low shot towards goal, but Gollini saved well with his feet.

Tuchel clearly wasn’t happy with what he was seeing on the pitch, opting for an almost immediate change of shape and personnel. Thiago Silva, Marcos Alonso and Hakim Ziyech all came on as we reverted to a back three, with Alonso and Azpilicueta as wing-backs for the last 20 minutes of the game. That allowed us to regroup and start playing by instinct again, just as Tottenham seemed to be gaining the upper hand, especially when the fresh legs of N’Golo Kante and Ruben Loftus-Cheek were added in midfield.

We then took control back again, and what followed was as professional an ending to a match as you could hope for. The Blues kept possession where possible and Tottenham at arm’s length throughout the closing stages of the tie, comfortable in our three-goal lead, despite a long break in play with a few minutes left due to a medical incident in the crowd behind Kepa’s goal.

Our place in the final never really seemed in doubt in north London, though. We will now end a Carabao Cup campaign we have played exclusively in the captial at Wembley against either Liverpool or Arsenal, who play the first leg of their semi at Anfield tomorrow night.

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Source: the 5th StandApp

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