Tottenham Vs Chelsea: Five things we learnt as Malang Sarr and Thiago Silva impress for Thomas Tuchel’s team

Chelsea made it past Tottenham in comfortable style, walking into Wembley to set up a final against either Liverpool or Arsenal. The game will be remembered for the involvement of VAR in three big decisions, seeing Tottenham’s two awarded penalties rescinded, and a Harry Kane goal ruled to be offside. Chelsea’s defender Antonio Rudiger scored the games only goal to make it 3-0 to the blues over both legs of the tie, putting in a man of the match performance.

Another brilliant performance from Antonio Rudiger against Tottenham has fans calling for him to sign the contract. Image courtesy of Getty Images
Another brilliant performance from Antonio Rudiger against Tottenham has fans calling for him to sign the contract. Image courtesy of Getty Images

Sarr is pushing to be a regular starter after impressive two legs against Tottenham

With Trevoh Chalobah injured and Thiago Silva recently testing positive for Coronavirus, Malang Sarr has now started Chelsea’s last three games, with Chesterfield’s consolation goal on Saturday the only one conceded. 

Last night, he was commanding and looked composed on the ball in a solid back three alongside Toni Rudiger and Andreas Christensen, the latter of whom was taken off to make way for the returning Silva on 66 minutes, with Sarr completing the 90 minutes, again for the third consecutive match this week. 

Confidence in Kepa boosted after successive cleansheets Vs Tottenham

With Edouard Mendy away at the African Cup of Nations with Senegal, Kepa Arrizabalaga has shown consistency and confidence since coming into the team in Mendy’s absence. The save that he made for the second penalty that never was, rushing out to meet Lucas Moura and the ball, was decisive and he dominated his own box. 

He has not conceded in the two games that he has played so far this month, and this week he was singled out for praise by reserve keeper Marcus Bettinelli as being “one of the best in the world”, the £72 million pound man rises again! 

Rudiger the ‘Man of the Moment’

Once again Chelsea fans will be urging the club’s hierarchy to get the chequebook out and throw it at Antonio Rudiger after another stellar performance from the soon to be out of contract defender. With or without, the decisive goal that sealed the victory for Chelsea, Rudiger rated first in the statistics for successful passes, passing accuracy, duels and aerial duels won; and rated second for possession won.

Sign him up.

Marriner had a mare

Referee Andre Marriner will not be replaying this game in his highlight’s reel anytime soon as he had his two most major decisions in the game overturned by the video assistant referee. Both penalties that were awarded on the pitch were questioned by the off-field officials and Marriner spent most of his evening looking confused whilst he was surrounded by an irate Spurs team and captain Harry Kane in particular.

The VAR gods turned up in Chelsea’s favour, without it the game would have descended into chaos.

Que sera, sera…

Que Sera Sera! Chelsea reached the League Cup final for the first time since 2019 and the infamous occasion in which Kepa had his tantrum and Maurizio Sarri lost control. They haven’t managed to claim this title, which comes at a good point in the season, since 2015 when we beat last night’s opponents, Tottenham, during Jose Mourinho’s second reign. 

The last three visits to Wembley cup finals have ended in defeat and that is not really in keeping with what we have come to expect in the Abramovich era. We know that Thomas Tuchel will take it seriously and will go all out to win the competition, as he has shown high levels of respect and determination throughout the matches that have formed this path down Wembley Way.  

Written by Rosy Cobb (@WeknowWWA)

Edited by Tom Coley (@tomcoley49)

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