Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea beat London rivals Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 in the League Cup final at Wembley on Sunday, as the Premier League leaders won the first piece of silverware on offer in England this season.
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A first half goal from John Terry set them on their way, then a Diego Costa shot which deflected off Kyle Walker and in sealed the victory at a rain soaked Wembley. 10 years after Mourinho hoisted the League Cup for his first trophy in England, the Portuguese boss now has the first title of his second spell in charge of the Blues after a perfect day for Chelsea which also saw Manchester City lose to Liverpool as their grip on the Premier League trophy also strengthened.
Winning the League Cup trophy marked Chelsea’s first title since their UEFA Europa League success in 2013, and the first time they have won the League Cup since 2007. As for Spurs, they have now lost their last two League Cup finals after beating Chelsea 2-1 in the 2008 final.
Chelsea started brightly as Terry almost got on the end of a ball at the back post but Hugo Lloris tipped Branislav Ivanovic’s deep cross out for a corner. Tottenham almost took the lead on 10 minutes as Harry Kane won a free kick after some trickery on the edge of the box and Christian Eriksen stepped up but his curling effort crashed off the crossbar and out. Moments later Eden Hazard curled an effort wide, as Chelsea pushed their way back into the match.
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A flash-point arrived in the first half as Costa appeared to push Nabil Bentaleb in the face when holding off the Spurs midfielder, then Kyle Walker and Ryan Mason were incensed that the Brazilian forward wasn’t penalized by referee Anthony Taylor. Moments later Costa was taken out by Eric Dier, who was shown a yellow card, as Chelsea began to get under the skin of Spurs.
Before the break Eriksen again went close as he picked up the ball on the edge of the box but Petr Cech got down low to save at his near post. Terry then gave Chelsea the lead right on the stroke of half time, as free kick from Willian on the right hit Dier and Terry slammed home the loose ball. 1-0 to Chelsea.
Moments before the break it was almost 2-0 as Gary Cahill headed towards goal but Lloris saved, as Spurs went in 1-0 down. In the second half Hazard popped up on the left and flashed the ball across the face of the goal but no Chelsea player could get on the end.
Cesc Fabregas then sent a spectacular bicycle kick towards the bottom corner which Lloris saved, as the Premier League leaders poured forward at the start of the second half. As the rain poured down at Wembley, Chelsea doubled their lead to put the game beyond Spurs’ reach.
Fabregas slotted in Costa and from a tight angle he drilled an effort towards goal which deflected off Walker and past Lloris into the net. 2-0 to Chelsea. Hazard then bent an effort just wide of the far post as Chelsea threatened to run away with things. Late on Spurs threw everything at Chelsea but Kane’s effort was deflected wide and that was as close as they got to halving the deficit.
Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Ramires, Zouma, Fabregas (Oscar, 88′), Hazard, Diego Costa (Drogba, 90′), Willian (Cuadrado, 76′)
Goals: Terry (44′), Walker, OG (56′)
Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris, Walker, Dier, Vertonghen, Rose, Mason (Lamela, 71′), Bentaleb, Eriksen, Townsend, (Dembele, 62′) Kane, Chadli (Soldado, 80′)