Chelsea beats Tottenham from the spot to reach the final

In an unforgettable affair between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge, the Blues won it from the spot against a worthy Spurs squad.

After losing 1-0 in the first leg of the Carabao Cup’s semifinals, Chelsea desperately needed a victory against Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge this Thursday and they were going to do everything they could to make that happen.

Manager Maurizio Sarri wanted to seize the opportunity that presented itself for the Blues, destiny decided that Tottenham Hotspur wouldn’t be able to play the second leg of this match with their stellar attacking trio.

Striker Harry Kane was the first to fall injured with an ankle injury, Son Heung Min followed after leaving to the Asian Cup to represent his country in the competition, and Dele Alli suffered an unfortunate muscular injury that will keep him out of the game for at least 6 weeks.

Pochettino decided to use substitutes Fernando Llorente, Harry Winks, and Eric Lamela to compete against the most competitive Chelsea lineup imaginable.

The favorites to win this match were the Blues for all those reasons we just mentioned, even then Tottenham Hotspur decided to never quit and make things nearly impossible for Maurizio Sarri’s squad.

The first half had a little bit of everything, but it was mostly dominated by the Blues. Before the half-hour mark, French midfielder N’Golo Kante struck a volley from the outskirts of the box and scored the goal that immediately put Chelsea back in the game.

The aggregate was 1-1, the Blues were gaining momentum and they needed to score at least once more in order to leave to the dressing rooms with the psychological advantage.

It was during a counter-attack led by Cesar Azpilicueta on the right flank, the Spaniard could see Eden Hazard moving through the box with no defender on him and sent the cross that the Belgian winger connected to score Chelsea’s second goal right before half time.

This scoreline was positive for the Blues but also a little bit misleading, a single goal from Tottenham Hotspur would tie the aggregate and automatically take the match to penalty kicks from the spot.

None of both sides liked the idea of getting all the way to the last breath, but Spurs were willing to take whatever they could in order to find the way to the Carabao Cup final.

The second half was very different from the first, manager Mauricio Pochettino must have given one hell of a half time speech because the players were extremely motivated to get the goal that saved the result.

It didn’t take them long to find it through Spanish striker Fernando Llorente, the Athletic Club product responded to a Danny Rose cross from the left with a heroic header that eventually took Tottenham to penalty kicks after a thrilling second half against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Both squads had chances to score another goal but chance decided that this match would be taken to the extreme, everybody was biting their nails both at Stamford Bridge and at home watching this great football match.

The shots from the spot were set, Eriksen scored the first as did Willian. Erik Lamela also scored Tottenham’s second shot with no problem what so ever, Azpilicueta did the same and was quick about it.

Eric Dier was unfortunate enough to miss Tottenham’s third and Jorginho placed the Blues ahead with his scored attempt.

This was the moment for goalkeeper Kepa, he saved Lucas Moura’s shot and gave David Luis the chance to take Chelsea to the final.

The Brazilian didn’t fail and his Blues will meet Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final, but nobody should forget Tottenham Hotspur’s efforts despite the adversity.

Who you got for the Carabao Cup final, Chelsea or Manchester City? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.

 

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