For the second time this season, Chelsea travel to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, this time for the second leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final. Chelsea go into this one with a 2-0 aggregate advantage and will surely feel confident of advancing to the final at Wembley. Still, the job is only half done and there is no room for complacency.
Chelsea are favourites for this match and their previous good form against Tottenham extents to games played at the new stadium. Since it’s opened, Chelsea have won three from four, although the one defeat did come in the league cup thanks to a penalty shootout.
Chelsea have more good news in their selection information. Kante and Silva are both set to be available again after missing the previous leg through COVID. Christensen is also available again after missing the first leg with a back injury. Chalobah, James and Chilwell are all still out with injury and Mendy misses out due to international duty.
Tottenham are still without Romero, Dier and Bergwijn who missed the first leg through injury. One change to their selection is that Heung-Min Son has picked up a muscular injury which will keep him out for the next few weeks.
It would be easy to say that Chelsea has one foot in the final after their performance last week but of course football doesn’t work that way. Things are never as simple as they seem, and Tottenham won’t want to be humiliated. Luckily, Chelsea’s injury issues seem to gradually be getting better and the form is improving. The feel-good factor is coming back to Thomas Tuchel’s side and getting to a cup final ahead of Tottenham would be a good way emphasising this!
Maria Dulce (@usernamedulce)
With half of the job already done, a result other than Chelsea going through to the EFL Cup final is (extremely) unlikely to turn into reality. Notably, at Stamford Bridge, the Blues were able to dictate the game’s rhythm without any critical issues, and, for that reason, it is reasonable to expect something similar in the fixture’s second leg.
At last, everyone seems to be fit again in the squad, except for wing-backs Ben Chilwell and Reece James. That is particularly great news since we’ll be facing Man City on the weekend, and it could be prudent to save some key players to prevent injuries. As Conte’s side will likely invest all efforts on the attack – even though Son won’t feature due to injury – it is to expect Spurs to score. Hopefully, Chelsea won’t simply park the bus to protect the 2-0 lead and will continue to show an offensive approach with either Kai Havertz or Timo Werner up front to work in counter-attack opportunities.
Moreover, playing in a back four was surprisingly effective for Tuchel’s side, and at least for this match, it would be reasonable to maintain that same system. Thus, all circumstances indicate that Chelsea will be going on to the finals without much trouble. Up the Chels!
Prediction: Tottenham 1-2 Chelsea
This one is going to be intriguing. Definitely. We played very well in the 1st leg. We made them look like a mid-table team in a game that we should’ve won by more than just 2 goals. This one will be difficult, no doubt. Spurs under Conte have been good, he’s got them playing with purpose and intent. They’ll get the crowd up for it and come quick out the blocks.
It’s up to us to guard against complacency and replicate the way we played in the 1st leg. Midfield battle will be important but one I think we will win with Jorginho and Kovacic who I expect to see starting. I don’t think Kante will be rushed back just yet.
Winning the second ball will be huge as well. It’s a game where if we get an early goal, I think it’ll be curtains but you can just never be sure with Chelsea. We always have a tendency to get a bit giddy and help the opposition get back into the game.
I think it’ll be a tough game regardless. Conte will go with a strong team. We have the better quality so it will be up to us to actually turn up and kill the game off.
Prediction: Tottenham 1-2 Chelsea
Luka Foley (@UOGLuka)
90 minutes away from the League Cup final. 2-0 up from the first leg, so 0-0 would do for Chelsea, but they’ll want to put the nail in the coffin in style against Tottenham, who have some job if they are to overturn this deficit.
Thiago Silva and N’golo Kante returned to training which will be a big boost for Thomas Tuchel as he may want them to play a part this evening, most likely off the bench but who knows what Tuchel has up his sleeves.
All roads are pointing to a Chelsea win and with Tottenham needing a turnaround victory against Morecambe in the FA Cup at the weekend, Chelsea will certainly be aware of the fresh weaknesses Spurs have displayed. I think it’ll be a comfortable win, another 2-0, goals from Timo Werner and Marcos Alonso.
Prediction: Tottenham 0-2 Chelsea
Chelsea will look to outclass Spurs once again and get the second foot into the final of the Carabao Cup. Tuchel’s men will look to welcome back Thiago Silva, with Tuchel claiming he’s ‘willing to take the risk’ on the defender. This would be integral to the way Chelsea set up in this return leg, to defend their 2-0 lead.
Should Silva start, Tuchel may revert to his 3-4-2-1 which may mean Chelsea set up to defend. Silva could also start in a back-4, if Tuchel replicates the system from the first leg; this would create an enticing and attacking display, suggesting Chelsea are going for the jugular. It could also suggest a potential precedent set by Tuchel, a move away from a back-5.
Either way, Chelsea will look to progress past Spurs (hopefully with the same ease as last time). With Mount, Jorginho, Kovacic, Rudiger, Alonso, Azpilicueta rested (also with Havertz and Lukaku playing 45 minutes each), Chelsea will look a rejuvenated and refreshed outfit for the first time in a while, due to this busy festive schedule.
Chelsea’s attack and midfield were far too much for lackadaisical Spurs last week, and with this freshly rested side- it will be too much again.
Prediction: Tottenham 0-2 Chelsea
Rey Stevinho (@Rey_Blues30)
The second leg of our game against Tottenham will not be ride in the park. Despite the 2-0 lead, Chelsea will need a sharp head to get through. Our finishing has to be clinical. If there is an opportunity to close the game out, Chelsea should do it early.
If Tottenham gets a goal back, then it’s game on. We gotta be viligant especially with their dynamic attack. For tomorrow, it’s all about who dictates the midfield. Kante will surely miss the starting lineup despite returning to the squad. Therefore we could Kova, Jorginho or Saul start. The former is the most likely. They got to be careful on the ball because Spurs are always a threat on the counter.
Nevertheless, Chelsea should have this in the bag but in football a 2-0 lead really isn’t assuring. We got to treat it as if we’re still nil-nil. Tomorrow will be crucial for our composure but I firmly believe we will get through. My final prediction is a win for Chelsea. COME ON YOU BLUES!
Prediction: Tottenham 0-1 Chelsea
Written by CFCExtra (@CFCExtra)
Edited by Tom Coley (@tomcoley49)
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