Chelsea reached the League Cup final after beating Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 in the second leg of the semi-final round on Wednesday, to decide the Blues’ victory in the match 3-0 after having previously won 2-0 in the first leg.
And the winning goal for Chelsea in the second leg was scored by German defender Antonio Rudiger (18).
The match saw Tottenham awarded two penalties, before they were canceled after referring to the video assistant referee (VAR), and a goal for international striker Harry Kane was also canceled for offside.
Chelsea, the winner of Liverpool and Arsenal, will face the final to be held at Wembley Stadium on February 27.
The first leg of the other match of the fourth round will be played on Thursday, after it was postponed from last week due to the outbreak of the Corona virus in the ranks of Liverpool.
This is the first time that Chelsea have reached the final of the competition since 2019, as they aspire to embrace the cup for the first time since 2015.
German coach Thomas Tuchel also led the Blues to three final matches since taking over the club’s legendary captain Frank Lampard in 2020, including the Champions League final in which Chelsea were crowned at the expense of his compatriot Manchester City.
“We had a good start, we got chances and advanced,” Tuchel said.
He continued, “We got off better in the second, but the same thing happened again. We were lucky not to receive a penalty and that the AR decisions were in our favour.”
And he added: “We have to play better if we want to deserve similar results. Our goal is not to get a result apart from anything else. We can close spaces better, defend better individually, we can improve in all areas.”
As for Tottenham, they have not won any major title since winning the League Cup in 2008, and it seems that their ambitions to get something out this season have faded.
Rudiger also scored one of Chelsea’s two goals in the first leg at Stamford Bridge, to show the German defender once again his strong presence physically and mentally.