|CHELSEA 2 (2)||TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 0 (0)|
|Date : – 5th January 2022||Kick off : – 19.45|
|Competition : – League Cup Semi-Final First leg||Venue : – Stamford Bridge|
|Crowd : – 37,868|
|Referee : – Craig Pawson (Sheffield)||Linesmen : – Mr. Constantine Hatzidakis; Mr. Neil Davies|
|Fourth official : – Kevin Friend|
|VAR official : – Jarred Gillett||VAR Assistant : – Lee Betts|
|Weather : – Cold, Dry|
|Spurs kicked off the first half attacking the Matthew Harding Stand end|
|Playing time : – 90 + 7 minutes
|Havertz 04m 19s||None|
|Davies (o.g.) 33m 49s|
|Sarr (elbow on Kane) 62||–|
||Hugo LLORIS (c)|
|28.||Cesar AZPILICUETA (c) ( 68. Harvey VALE 90)||25.||Japhet TANGANGA|
|2.||Antonio RUDIGER||6.||Davinson SANCHEZ|
|31.||Malang SARR||33.||Ben DAVIES|
|17.||SAUL ( 12. Ruben LOFTUS-CHEEK 73)||5.||Pierre-Emile HOJBJERG|
|5.||JORGINHO||29.||Oliver SKIPP ( 8. Harry WINKS 73)|
|2.||Matt DOHERTY ( 28. Tanguy NDOMBELE 46)|
|22.||Hakim ZIYECH ( 10. Christian PULISIC 79)|
|19.||Mason MOUNT ( 8. Mateo KOVACIC 73)||27.||Lucas MOURA ( 11. BRYAN Gil 79)|
|9.||Romelu LUKAKU||7.||Heung-Min SON ( 18. Giovani LO CELSO 79)|
|29.||Kai HAVERTZ ( 11. Timo WERNER 46)|
|13.||Marcus BETTINELLI||22.||Pierluigi GOLLINI|
|75.||Lewis HALL||40.||Brandon AUSTIN|
|20.||Calum HUDSON-ODOI||3.||Sergio REGUILON|
|18.||Ross BARKLEY||14.||Joe RODON|
|Manager : – Thomas Tuchel||Manager : – Antonio Conte|
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|Chelsea had an easy task in taking a 2-0 lead into the second leg of this League Cup semi-final against Spurs at Stamford Bridge, as Tottenham self-destructed in the first half to leave them a mountain to climb next week at home in the second leg.
It was a disappointing performance after the team had picked up since Antonio Conte arrived, but his return to one of his former clubs was not a happy one. He had to change the side around because of injuries and rotation with a busy month coming up, with Tanganga and Doherty starting with a back three in place. Chelsea looked sharper form the off. A high ball forward in the first minute caught Sanchez underneath it and Havertz headed on for Lukaku to run into the box on the right. Surprisingly, he looked to square the ball rather than shoot and there wasn’t a team-mate to get on the end of his pass.
Tanganga gave a short pass to Emerson on our right and the ball was intercepted and Havertz was played in on the left of the box. His shot looked like it might have been going across goal, but in trying to clear it, Davinson Sanchez could only turn the ball into his own net and this wasn’t the start that Conte and the Spurs fans behind that goal had envisaged. What was going to be hard enough anyway, didn’t really need to give Chelsea a goal start after just four minutes.
In the twelfth minute, Spurs almost presented the home team with a second goal. A cross intended for Lukaku was headed away and it dropped for Hojbjerg in the Spurs box. He rashly swung a boot to clear it, but it his Skipp and dropped to Havertz on their left of the goal. He also hurriedly shot and Lloris saved low at his near post, when a shot to the other side of the goal might have given him more of a problem.
A free-kick won when Doherty gave the ball away near the Chelsea box that stranded Davies upfield and Lukaku got fouled as Sanchez tried to win the ball off the striker. It was swung in and Tanganga won the header but it went straight at Davies and into the net to make it 2-with 34 minutes gone. It was unlucky, but it was another defensive error with the back three looking all at sea without Dier there to marshal them.
It could have been worse five minutes before half-time when Lukaku won an unchallenged header but with all the goal to aim at glanced it wide. When crosses were coming into the Spurs box, the
Five minutes into the second half, Spurs finally tested Kepa. Replacing Doherty with Ndombele, the defence switched to a back four and Ndombele was fouled just outside the box. Kane took it and found the gap that Lucas and Son had cleared for him but Kepa was on that side of the goal and flopped to his right to get behind it, but it wasn’t a difficult save.
Lukaku set up Ziyech on his right, but the winger’s weak left foot shot was straight at Hugo and then Spurs broke at the other end, ending with Ndombele putting a 20-yard shot way too high. Werner had a couple of chances to extend the lead wither side of Marr elbowing Harry Kane in the mouth and only getting a yellow card. The first, he came in from their left and as the Spurs defence backed off he got into the area to curl a shot wide of the goal on Lloris’ left, when he should have hit the target and the second he was played in behind the Tottenham defence, looking suspiciously offside, but he tried to lift the ball over Hugo from just outside the area, as the Spurs captain came out and he reached up to get a hand to it and the chance went begging.
Spurs almost got a goal back when Bryan Gil drifted past Alonso on our left wing and pulled it back to Lo Celso, whose shot Kepa parried in front of goal and Tanguy was there, but so were three blue shirts and it was hacked away.
Chelsea seemed to want it more than us and our moves were few and far between but produced very little. The second half was a bit better, but we rarely looked like scoring, so to get three next week to over-turn this result will be more than a little difficult. I’m not saying it hasn’t been done before, but we do have a long way to go to match the intensity of the home team tonight.
|OTHER SEMI-FINAL RESULT|