Chelsea are through to the Carabao Cup final after comfortably beating Tottenham 1-0 away. An early header from Antonio Rudiger was enough to see Thomas Tuchel’s side established dominance and claim their second win over Spurs in a week.
They will now face Liverpool or Arsenal at Wembley next month and have an opportunity to win their second trophy of the season.
Kepa Arrizabalga – 8
This was a good performance from Kepa as he takes over from Mendy as first choice goalkeeper during AFCON. He wasn’t overly troubled by Tottenham but made good saves when called upon, most notably in the final minute of the match to deny what would have been a consolation goal.
He did have one shaky moment when a poor pass into Jorginho resulted in Harry Kane scoring an offside goal but for the most part, he played well.
Malang Sarr – 7
Malang Sarr played an unfamiliar left back role in this match but did himself justice with a solid display. While he didn’t offer much going forwards, he did his defensive duties well and seemed to have the Tottenham fans rattled with his antics. He’s come on a lot in recent weeks.
Antonio Rudiger – 8
This was a classic Rudiger performance and his playmaking from the back helped the team create chances. At times he got drawn out of position and gave away fouls but overall, it was a good game for the German. He topped the performance off with the match winning goal.
Andreas Christensen – 6
It wasn’t a particularly influential performance from Andreas Christensen but at the same time, he didn’t do too much wrong. He looked comfortable bringing the ball out of defence and made a couple of good blocks.
The kind of performance we’ve seen time and time again from Azpi. Mr Reliable. The Spaniard played more of a right back role and didn’t do much wrong on the ball. He did show his age a couple of times when defending 1v1 though but it’s difficult to be too harsh after keeping a clean sheet.
Mateo Kovacic – 7
He got on the ball a lot and played a key part in Chelsea dominating. His passing was accurate, and his dribbling was as silky as ever. He gave the ball away one or two times but thankfully it didn’t lead to anything dangerous. There were some nice passages of play between him and Jorginho.
Jorginho – 8
A quiet masterclass from Chelsea’s European player of the year. While he wasn’t spraying the long passes, he was dictating play and retaining possession. He also made it difficult for Tottenham to get out and frequently won the ball back high up the pitch.
Callum Hudson-Odoi – 7
After a good performance vs Chesterfield, Hudson-Odoi kept up his good form and played another good game today. He started off slowly but grew into the match and look particularly impressive towards the end of the first half. Cutting in from the left wing, he created some good chances with his crossing and incisive passing. At times, he showed the confidence which has been missing from his game since the achilles injury.
Mason Mount – 5
This was an uncharacteristically poor performance from Mason Mount. He looked poor in possession and struggled to make any real impact on the match. He still pressed and worked hard for the team but was ultimately found wanting in the build-up play.
Timo Werner – 7
Timo Werner was good today and is another player looking more confident after a run of games. His link up play with Romelu Lukaku looked sharp in the first half and could be something to keep an eye on. He was also an outlet for long balls and helped relieve any pressure that Tottenham applied to the Chelsea defence.
Romelu Lukaku – 6
Not a bad performance for the Belgian striker but his finishing was off when it mattered. Lukaku linked up well with the other forwards and worked hard when defending but just couldn’t find the scoring touch. He volleyed over from a Marcos Alonso cross and hit straight at the goalkeeper after outmuscling the Tottenham defender.
Marcos Alonso – 6
This was a good cameo for Marcos Alonso, and he showed his value as a wing back in Chelsea’s side. He was calm on the ball and helped see the match out.
Thiago Silva – 7
The experienced defender came on for the last 25 minutes and was a calming influence on the back line. Every time a Tottenham played broke through; he was there to mop up.
N’Golo Kante – 5
Kante showed great energy as he always does but left a bit to be desired on the ball. He gave away posession too many times after coming on and caused the defence a few problems. Still, if anyone is allowed the occasional off day, it’s him.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek – 6
Nothing spectacular but he won’t have done his reputation with the manager any harm. Safe in possession and mature on the ball. Just what was needed in the final few minutes.
Hakim Ziyech – 7
Ziyech continued his recent good run of form and showed why he has become a starter again in the team. He played several defence splitting balls to Lukaku and helped relieve pressure towards the end of the match. He also worked hard to maintain the press.
Written by Rosy (@CFCExtra)
Edited by Tom Coley (@tomcoley49)
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