Chelsea win League Cup final

chelJose Mourinho claimed his first trophy since returning for his second spell as Chelsea manager with a comfortable Capital One Cup final victory over Tottenham at Wembley.

John Terry and Diego Costa did the damage – both with the aid of deflections – either side of the interval as Spurs’ hopes of repeating their success over Chelsea in this competition seven years ago never got off the ground.

The win gave Mourinho his first silverware since La Liga success with Real Madrid in 2012 and Chelsea their first since the Europa League final victory against Benfica in Amsterdam a year later.

Despite a career laden with trophies, Mourinho claimed this was the most important final of his time in the game and Chelsea were never seriously troubled once Christian Eriksen’s early free-kick rebounded to safety off the woodwork.

Mourinho’s trophy haul at Chelsea

Premier League: 2004-05, 2005-06
FA Cup: 2006-07
League Cup: 2004-05, 2006-07, 2014-15
Community Shield: 2005

Mourinho’s mastery of the big selection decision was also demonstrated once more by his deployment of Kurt Zouma, a central defender by trade, in midfield to fulfil the role left behind by the suspended Nemanja Matic to outstanding effect.

Spurs, for all their endeavour, never looked close to repeating that convincing victory over Chelsea on New Year’s Day, when Mourinho’s side were beaten 5-3 at White Hart Lane.

Chelsea v Spurs: League Cup final

Chelsea skipper John Terry put the Blues ahead with his side’s first shot on target

And with Chelsea’s closest Premier League title rivals Manchester City losing 2-1 at Liverpool even before this final kicked off – leaving his side with a five-point advantage with a game in hand – this just about added up to Mourinho’s perfect day.

Tottenham had the exertions of a Europa League tie – and painful exit – against Fiorentina in Italy on Thursday, and while this may have taken its toll, they never looked like rescuing the situation once Chelsea took the lead right on half-time.

Tottenham’s usual suspects created early optimism for their fans as Eriksen bounced a 20-yard free-kick off the bar, although Petr Cech – preferred in goal to Thibaut Courtois – looked to have the situation under control, and Harry Kane ended a fine run with a low shot that was comfortably saved by Chelsea’s keeper.

As usual, Costa was keeping Spurs fully occupied in the physical exchanges, angering Nabil Bentaleb with a hand-off, squaring up to Kyle Walker and getting involved in a running battle with Eric Dier that ended with the defender picking up a yellow card for a foul.

Chelsea v Spurs: League Cup final

Diego Costa has scored 17 goals this season – but Chelsea’s second went down as an own goal

As the first 45 minutes looked to be drawing to a subdued conclusion, Chelsea pounced on a moment of defensive confusion to take the lead.

Willian’s free-kick was deflected out of a cluster of bodies to the feet of Terry, whose shot took a crucial touch off Kane to defeat Hugo Lloris, who was given the nod by Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino ahead of regular League Cup choice Michel Vorm.

And it was another deflection that was a key element as Chelsea doubled their lead 11 minutes after the break. Cesc Fabregas, who had seen an ambitious overhead kick well saved by Lloris, found Costa, whose shot was directed across the face of goal until it took a deflection off Walker to beat Lloris inside his near post.

This was effectively the end of the contest, with barely a blow traded between the sides before Chelsea captain Terry lifted the trophy.

Chelsea v Spurs: League Cup final

Spurs fans were hoping their side would lift silverware for the first time since the 2008 League Cup final

Chelsea v Spurs: League Cup final

Both managers had registered one victory against the other this season ahead of the final

Chelsea v Spurs: League Cup final

Eriksen’s free-kick hit the bar as the sides managed just one shot on target in the opening half hour

Chelsea v Spurs: League Cup final

Chelsea skipper John Terry has won 15 trophies during his 17 seasons at the club

LINEUP, BOOKINGS (5) & SUBSTITUTIONS (6)

Chelsea

  • 01 Cech
  • 02 Ivanovic
  • 24 Cahill Booked
  • 26 Terry
  • 28 Azpilicueta
  • 07 Ramires
  • 05 Zouma
  • 04 Fàbregas (Oscar – 88′ )
  • 22 Willian Booked (Cuadrado – 76′ Booked )
  • 19 Diego Costa (Drogba – 93′ )
  • 10 Hazard

Substitutes

  • 03 Filipe Luis
  • 06 Aké
  • 08 Oscar
  • 11 Drogba
  • 13 Courtois
  • 18 Remy
  • 23 Cuadrado

Tottenham Hotspur

  • 01 Lloris
  • 02 Walker
  • 15 Dier Booked
  • 05 Vertonghen
  • 03 Rose
  • 42 Bentaleb Booked
  • 38 Mason (Lamela – 71′ )
  • 17 Townsend (Dembélé – 62′ )
  • 23 Eriksen
  • 22 Chadli (Soldado – 80′ )
  • 18 Kane

Substitutes

  • 09 Soldado
  • 11 Lamela
  • 13 Vorm
  • 19 Dembélé
  • 21 Fazio
  • 25 Stambouli
  • 33 Davies
Ref: Anthony Taylor
Att: 89,294

MATCH STATS

Possession63%37%90minsChelseaTottenham Hotspur

Shots

1413

On target

32

Corners

46

Fouls

1915

 

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full TimeMatch ends, Chelsea 2, Tottenham Hotspur 0.

90:00+4:33Full time

Full TimeSecond Half ends, Chelsea 2, Tottenham Hotspur 0.

90:00+3:28Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by César Azpilicueta.

90:00+2:36Substitution

SubstitutionSubstitution, Chelsea. Didier Drogba replaces Diego Costa.

90:00+0:43Attempt missed. Roberto Soldado (Tottenham Hotspur) header from the left side of the six yard box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Christian Eriksen with a cross following a corner.

90:00+0:32Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Gary Cahill.

88:15Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Branislav Ivanovic.

87:44Substitution

SubstitutionSubstitution, Chelsea. Oscar replaces Cesc Fàbregas.

86:33Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by John Terry.

86:32Attempt blocked. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Roberto Soldado.

84:55Booking

BookingJuan Cuadrado (Chelsea) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

84:51Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the left wing.

84:51Foul by Juan Cuadrado (Chelsea).

84:01Foul by Roberto Soldado (Tottenham Hotspur).

84:01César Azpilicueta (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

83:31Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

83:31Foul by Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea).

82:42Foul by Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur).

82:42César Azpilicueta (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

79:10Substitution

SubstitutionSubstitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Roberto Soldado replaces Nacer Chadli.

(Courtesy – BBC)

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