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tottenham carabao cup Antonio Rudiger's header makes sure of Chelsea's place in the EFL Cup final as they beat Tottenham 1-0 on the night to complete a 3-0 aggregate win.

tottenham carabao cup

tottenham carabao cup Carabao Cup semi-final second leg: Tottenham Hotspur 0-1 Chelsea (0-3 agg)

tottenham carabao cup Antonio Rudiger also scored in Chelsea's 3-0 Premier League victory at Tottenham in September

Chelsea eased into the Carabao Cup final as they closed out a comfortable semi-final win over Tottenham.

Spurs never seriously threatened to overturn Chelsea's two-goal first-leg advantage and Antonio Rudiger's bundled finish from Mason Mount's corner after 18 minutes effectively confirmed a Wembley date with either Arsenal or Liverpool.

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

Harry Kane also saw a goal ruled out for offside in an improved second-half performance from Spurs but Chelsea always looked in control - and once they had extended their aggregate lead early on, they were able to control affairs without hitting their best form.

The game was paused late on following a medical emergency in the crowd and on resumption Chelsea completed the formalities of their victory.

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Conte's huge task exposed

Spurs manager Conte has made no secret of the size of his job in rejuvenating this club after their recent decline - and any doubts over that diagnosis were removed by Chelsea's obvious superiority here.

It was still a mystery, however, as to why Conte felt the need to rest experienced keeper and captain Hugo Lloris with the tie still on the line and play deputy Pierluigi Gollini instead.

Gollini distinguished himself when he saved with his legs from Romelu Lukaku early on but was at fault when he made an unconvincing dash to claim Mount's corner, a move that ended badly when the ball was diverted into net via Rudiger's back.

This was surely a job that required the presence of Lloris when Spurs' margin of error was virtually non-existent.

Spurs did mount a challenge of sorts after the break but it was too little, too late - and this was a mediocre display that only illustrated how much work Conte needs to do.

Kane battled but remains short of his best form while there was a lack of creativity in midfield that allowed Chelsea to contain Spurs with relative comfort.

Conte will be expecting serious backing from Spurs chairman Daniel Levy if his drive and fierce ambition is to be satisfied. At present, he has a squad that requires serious investment before there can be thoughts of getting anywhere near the Premier League elite.

Tuchel shows magic touch again

Chelsea are now in their third successive final under Thomas Tuchel since he arrived to succeed the sacked Frank Lampard almost a year ago.

He guided them to the FA Cup final last season, which Chelsea lost to Leicester City, before claiming the biggest European club prize of all by winning the Champions League against Manchester City in Porto.

The job of reaching the EFL Cup final was largely done in the first game at Stamford Bridge but Chelsea came out here with the sort of determination and attacking intent that made it clear they were determined to snuff out Spurs' hopes as quickly as possible.

Lukaku wasted one chance to do that but the early goal they desired came from Rudiger, which gave Spurs a task they never looked like accomplishing.

Tuchel, standards as high as ever, cut a dissatisfied figure at times in the second half when Chelsea's intensity dropped and a little complacency appeared to creep into their game, giving Spurs opportunities they never had in the first 45 minutes.

Chelsea's players responded to their manager's demands and this tie was played out in a testimonial atmosphere in the closing minutes as Spurs fans deserted the stadium in droves, leaving one corner packed with joyous, celebrating visiting supporters.

The strength of Chelsea's squad was shown once more as Tuchel was able to bring on Thiago Silva, Marcos Alonso, Hakim Ziyech, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and N'Golo Kante in the second half to ensure the door was never left ajar for Spurs. Indeed, it was slammed firmly in their faces.

It shows the scale of the job Tuchel has done that in the 350 days since his first game at Chelsea, he has become the first manager in their history to guide them to a Champions League, FA Cup and EFL Cup final.

And, on this evidence, Chelsea will take some stopping, whoever they face at Wembley at the end of February.

Player of the match

RüdigerAntonio Rüdiger

with an average of 7.69

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Tottenham Hotspur

Avg

  1. Squad number25Player nameTangangaAverage rating

    5.54

  2. Squad number27Player nameLucas MouraAverage rating

    4.44

  3. Squad number10Player nameKaneAverage rating

    4.39

  4. Squad number29Player nameSkippAverage rating

    4.23

  5. Squad number6Player nameD SánchezAverage rating

    4.07

  6. Squad number19Player nameRyan SessegnonAverage rating

    3.78

  7. Squad number33Player nameDaviesAverage rating

    3.59

  8. Squad number22Player nameGolliniAverage rating

    3.55

  9. Squad number11Player nameGilAverage rating

    3.35

  10. Squad number2Player nameDohertyAverage rating

    3.13

  11. Squad number8Player nameWinksAverage rating

    2.94

  12. Squad number18Player nameLo CelsoAverage rating

    2.77

  13. Squad number12Player nameEmerson RoyalAverage rating

    2.46

  14. Squad number5Player nameHøjbjergAverage rating

    2.17

Chelsea

Avg

  1. Squad number2Player nameRüdigerAverage rating

    7.69

  2. Squad number1Player nameArrizabalagaAverage rating

    7.50

  3. Squad number8Player nameKovacicAverage rating

    7.28

  4. Squad number20Player nameHudson-OdoiAverage rating

    7.13

  5. Squad number31Player nameSarrAverage rating

    7.11

  6. Squad number19Player nameMountAverage rating

    7.06

  7. Squad number28Player nameAzpilicuetaAverage rating

    7.03

  8. Squad number11Player nameWernerAverage rating

    6.93

  9. Squad number4Player nameChristensenAverage rating

    6.90

  10. Squad number6Player nameThiago SilvaAverage rating

    6.83

  11. Squad number9Player nameLukakuAverage rating

    6.78

  12. Squad number7Player nameKantéAverage rating

    6.74

  13. Squad number3Player nameAlonsoAverage rating

    6.43

  14. Squad number22Player nameZiyechAverage rating

    6.32

  15. Squad number12Player nameLoftus-CheekAverage rating

    6.31

  16. Squad number5Player nameJorginhoAverage rating

    5.57

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Line-ups

Tottenham

Formation 5-3-2

22Gollini12Emerson Royal25Tanganga6D Sánchez33Davies2Doherty18Lo Celso8Winks5Højbjerg10Kane27Lucas Moura
  • 22Gollini
  • 12Emerson Royal
  • 25Tanganga
  • 6D Sánchez
  • 33Davies
  • 2Doherty

    Substituted forR Sessegnonat 65'minutes

  • 18Lo Celso

    Substituted forGilat 71'minutes

  • 8Winks

    Substituted forSkippat 81'minutes

  • 5Højbjerg
  • 10Kane
  • 27Lucas Moura

Substitutes

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

Chelsea

Formation 4-2-2-2

1Arrizabalaga28Azpilicueta4Christensen2Rüdiger31Sarr5Jorginho8Kovacic19Mount20Hudson-Odoi9Lukaku11Werner
  • 1Arrizabalaga
  • 28Azpilicueta
  • 4Christensen

    Substituted forThiago Silvaat 66'minutes

  • 2Rüdiger
  • 31Sarr
  • 5Jorginho

    Substituted forLoftus-Cheekat 82'minutes

  • 8Kovacic

    Substituted forKantéat 77'minutes

  • 19Mount

    Substituted forZiyechat 66'minutes

  • 20Hudson-Odoi
  • 9Lukaku
  • 11Werner

    Substituted forAlonsoat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Alonso
  • 6Thiago Silva
  • 7Kanté
  • 10Pulisic
  • 12Loftus-Cheek
  • 13Bettinelli
  • 17Saúl
  • 22Ziyech
  • 29Havertz
Referee:
Andre Marriner
Attendance:
45,603

Match Stats

Home TeamTottenhamAway TeamChelsea
Possession
Home36%
Away64%
Shots
Home15
Away13
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home7
Away6
Fouls
Home10
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Tottenham Hotspur 0, Chelsea 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Tottenham Hotspur 0, Chelsea 1.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Kepa Arrizabalaga.

  4. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ryan Sessegnon (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Thiago Silva.

  6. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  7. Post update

    Hand ball by Callum Hudson-Odoi (Chelsea).

  8. Post update

    Foul by Malang Sarr (Chelsea).

  9. Post update

    Bryan Gil (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Japhet Tanganga.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Romelu Lukaku (Chelsea).

  12. Post update

    Ben Davies (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by N'Golo Kanté (Chelsea).

  14. Post update

    Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Hand ball by César Azpilicueta (Chelsea).

  16. Post update

    Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Oliver Skipp (Tottenham Hotspur).

  18. Post update

    Foul by Thiago Silva (Chelsea).

  19. Post update

    Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Chelsea. Ruben Loftus-Cheek replaces Jorginho.

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1251 comments

  • H

    Comment posted by HarryJsAllstar, at 21:50 12 JanHarryJsAllstar

    21:50 12 JanSpurs fans will moan about lack of investment but their net spend is more than both Chelsea and Liverpool over the past five years. Ndombele for example cost more than either Jorginho, Kovacic or Kante.
    The truth is they have invested poorly.
    • M

      Reply posted by mumndad, at 22:00 12 Janmumndad

      22:00 12 Janto HarryJsAllstarmumndad replied: One player!!!!
  • P

    Comment posted by pab0967, at 21:48 12 Janpab0967

    21:48 12 JanIf Kane put as much effort into putting the ball in the net in open play as he does diving and begging for penalties, he'd actually be a half decent striker.

    Hojbjorg tripping himself up to try and get a penalty was embarrassing and desperate, VAR actually did it's job tonight.
    • J

      Reply posted by Junction8M27, at 21:50 12 JanJunction8M27

      21:50 12 Janto pab0967Junction8M27 replied: P E H is a liabillity
  • S

    Comment posted by Saul Goodman, at 21:54 12 JanSaul Goodman

    21:54 12 JanA disconsolate Harry Kane trudges home, puts on his Man City pyjamas and stares at himself in the full-length mirror, wondering what might have been.
    • H

      Reply posted by He dont mean nuffin by it he only got one ear, at 21:59 12 JanHe dont mean nuffin by it he only got one ear

      21:59 12 Janto Saul GoodmanHe dont mean nuffin by it he only got one ear replied: ........or the pyjamas of any PL club that has won anything.
  • T

    Comment posted by timeforchange, at 21:50 12 Jantimeforchange

    21:50 12 JanSpurs have had more semis ending in disappointment than an ugly bloke on Love Island
    • T

      Reply posted by The Spin Doctor, at 22:08 12 JanThe Spin Doctor

      22:08 12 Janto timeforchangeThe Spin Doctor replied: More than Man Utd? That's debatable.
  • W

    Comment posted by Wormhole, at 21:46 12 JanWormhole

    21:46 12 Jan🐔
    🏀
    The Bottling Spuds were dropping like flies all game to try and get a penalty. Disgraceful behaviour!
    • S

      Reply posted by Sport Report, at 21:51 12 JanSport Report

      21:51 12 Janto WormholeSport Report replied: Would have been a different story tonight if Kane had been playing
  • T

    Comment posted by The Changingman, at 21:48 12 JanThe Changingman

    21:48 12 JanThank god we are using VAR whilst shocking referees like Andre Mariner are around. The first penalty claim was close but the second one was a diabolical embarrassing decision.

    Football wise Spurs were lucky Chelsea did not beat them by a bigger margin over the two legs. Go home and play your Betamax tapes celebrating your only trophy win in 2008.

    Lots of love from The Champions of Europe!
  • G

    Comment posted by Geezer Lemon Squeezer, at 21:50 12 JanGeezer Lemon Squeezer

    21:50 12 JanAre Spurs not keeping up with the current government guidelines...don't they realise that they don't need to be schooled at home anymore!
    • C

      Reply posted by cyberewok, at 22:06 12 Jancyberewok

      22:06 12 Janto Geezer Lemon Squeezercyberewok replied: I wouldn't call 1-0 being schooled mate.
  • V

    Comment posted by Victor Meldrew - the Crimson Avenger, at 21:45 12 JanVictor Meldrew - the Crimson Avenger

    21:45 12 JanVAR at its best tonight.
    • A

      Reply posted by AJ, at 21:51 12 JanAJ

      21:51 12 Janto Victor Meldrew - the Crimson AvengerAJ replied: Let's see how the weekend goes! 😂
  • S

    Comment posted by Scanton, at 21:48 12 JanScanton

    21:48 12 JanWow, you've got to be desperately hoping that they sign some players in this transfer window if you are a Spurs fan. That performance was abysmal.
    • T

      Reply posted by The Spin Doctor, at 22:07 12 JanThe Spin Doctor

      22:07 12 Janto ScantonThe Spin Doctor replied: Arsenal fans don't laugh at Spurs you know what happened the last time you did, a few days back.
  • H

    Comment posted by HarveyTheGreat, at 21:51 12 JanHarveyTheGreat

    21:51 12 JanOh Spurs…..you are poor.

    Not just poor……really poor
    • T

      Reply posted by The Spin Doctor, at 22:09 12 JanThe Spin Doctor

      22:09 12 Janto HarveyTheGreatThe Spin Doctor replied: This result proves what usually happens when a small team plays an elite team.
  • T

    Comment posted by Titter Ye Not, at 21:48 12 JanTitter Ye Not

    21:48 12 JanThe Spurs 'revolution' under Conte is going well. Another trophy kicked off the list!
    • L

      Reply posted by LondonsFinestClub, at 22:07 12 JanLondonsFinestClub

      22:07 12 Janto Titter Ye NotLondonsFinestClub replied: Look! He’s just in the door. Les to work with too. Don’t blame him too early, still a shout for top 4. Chelsea know he’s pretty decent.
  • F

    Comment posted by Fool Observer, at 21:45 12 JanFool Observer

    21:45 12 JanConte has his work cut out at Spurs as they have a solid back ground in failure. He follows in a very long line managerial misfits

    This is unlikely to change any time soon.
    The fans are conditioned for failure and expect failure to raise its head around every corner.

    The loser mentality is ingrained in the club from top to bottom.
    • M

      Reply posted by mumndad, at 21:48 12 Janmumndad

      21:48 12 Janto Fool Observermumndad replied: You're talking out your backside. Cash brings success. Proven.
  • T

    Comment posted by thelion, at 21:52 12 Janthelion

    21:52 12 JanI’m a fan of neither but yet again a terrible performance by the ref!!! This is contagious in England!!
    • F

      Reply posted by Fan Of Whoever Plays Man Utd, at 00:18 13 JanFan Of Whoever Plays Man Utd

      00:18 13 Janto thelionFan Of Whoever Plays Man Utd replied: Par for the course, based on English refereeing standards these days.
  • A

    Comment posted by AJ, at 21:45 12 JanAJ

    21:45 12 JanSpurs doing their thing again!!

    Chelsea just too strong for them..
    • C

      Reply posted by Celts, at 21:48 12 JanCelts

      21:48 12 Janto AJCelts replied: Harry Kane, 297 career goals. 0 Trophies!!

      He's allergic to silverware. All those goals for nothing!! Hahahaha
  • J

    Comment posted by Junction8M27, at 21:48 12 JanJunction8M27

    21:48 12 JanSpurs are not in the same league . Lifeless !
    • S

      Reply posted by Sport Report, at 21:52 12 JanSport Report

      21:52 12 Janto Junction8M27Sport Report replied: It was a cup match :-)
  • J

    Comment posted by Jack, at 21:59 12 JanJack

    21:59 12 JanAndre Marriner is either incompetent or bent. And the Spuds were, well, Spursy
    • J

      Reply posted by Jockney, at 23:42 12 JanJockney

      23:42 12 Janto JackJockney replied: Wasn't he responsible for not giving that goal spurs scored at old Trafford that was about a yard over the line ?
      The red wine he got from Fergie after the match must have been good !
  • W

    Comment posted by Wayne Emirates, at 21:53 12 JanWayne Emirates

    21:53 12 JanThe Trophy Dodgers at their bottling best!
    • L

      Reply posted by Lets Agree To Disagree, at 22:37 12 JanLets Agree To Disagree

      22:37 12 Janto Wayne EmiratesLets Agree To Disagree replied: Spurs are a trophy free zone.
  • B

    Comment posted by Barrel2000, at 21:50 12 JanBarrel2000

    21:50 12 JanOnce again a big game in which Harry Kane goes missing. When will Spurs fans and the media just admit he is massively overrated. As long as Spurs base their game around him they will win nothing. They claim he's not a flat track bully - well I suppose he scored against that footballing powerhouse Morecambe at the weekend.
    • L

      Reply posted by LondonsFinestClub, at 22:08 12 JanLondonsFinestClub

      22:08 12 Janto Barrel2000LondonsFinestClub replied: Kane wasn’t too bad, he had no real support other than Moura. He tried! Chelsea had too much
  • R

    Comment posted by Romanticide, at 21:53 12 JanRomanticide

    21:53 12 JanWell the ref done his best to help the Spurts so well done VAR.
    Massive gulf in class.
    I'm still not sure Lukaku is our answer up front? Square pegs in round holes Spring to mind when I watch him play.
    • N

      Reply posted by Name, at 23:43 12 JanName

      23:43 12 Janto RomanticideName replied: Imagine with no VAR, spurs would have scored 3 tonight. Unbelievable
  • F

    Comment posted by fierackas, at 21:46 12 Janfierackas

    21:46 12 JanSpurs season is now over.
    • S

      Reply posted by Sport Report, at 21:53 12 JanSport Report

      21:53 12 Janto fierackasSport Report replied: Hold on - they haven't got to 40 points yet. Don't count your chickens.
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