Chelsea now have a foot in the finals of the Carabao Cup having won courtesy of two first half goals at home in the first leg of the two-legged Carabao cup Semifinal clash with city rivals Tottenham Hotspurs.
The game saw former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte return to the Bridge as well as his former player Romelu Lukaku return to action for Chelsea after he was dropped from Sunday’s squad that drew 2-2 with Liverpool in the league.
Kai Havertz put the blues ahead just five minutes into the game after Alonso intercepted a weak Tanganga pass and slipped him the ball which he touched and shot past Lloris into the bottom right but got help from Davinson Sanchez as the ball kissed the Colombian International on its way in.
Five minutes past the half hour mark tragedy struck for Antonio Conte’s men when Japhet Tanganga headed out a Hakim Ziyech inswinger but the ball instead hit Ben Davies’ head and went inside the goal.
Speaking after the game, Thomas Tuchel was delighted with the performance of his side labelling the win ‘deserved’.
“It seems like a deserved win, an excellent result. We could have scored even more but it is hard to score against a team like Tottenham. It is going to be a tough match, it’s not decided yet. We had a strong start and never lost focus. It was good.”
Meanwhile Spurs boss Conte has said that his boys need to fight to win every game and that he can’t make all the changes in one transfer market.
“Today we have seen the difference between the two teams. It is not easy to play at Stamford Bridge and Chelsea won the ball every time.” Conte told Sky Sports.
“We also conceded unlucky goals and the game became very difficult. I know the situation, it is very clear, there is an important gap. We have to try to fight to stay in the league in a good position, but if we think we are close, we are not in the right way.” He continued.
“Tottenham in the last years, the level has dropped a lot, so now we have to fight to win every game We have to be humble, and continue to work. It is not as simple as going to the transfer market. In the second leg, we will see what will happen. We have to try to change the situation slowly, slowly. It’s impossible to change it in one transfer market.” The former Inter boss concluded.
However, the second fixture which would have seen Arsenal play Liverpool was postponed due to Covid outbreak in Liverpool and a new date for the tie is January 13.
Chelsea’s next game will be in the FA Cup against Chesterfield.