Sunday, March 1, 2015

Terry ensures Mourinho's a Wembleywinner again

The Blues profited from two deflections to come out on top in
an unexciting League Cup final, with John Terry grabbing the
opener and a Kyle Walker own goal sealing it.
         Chelsea lifted the League Cup
after a 2-0 victory
over Tottenham in an unexciting
final at Wembley.
John Terry gave Jose Mourinho's
men the lead just before half-time
when Spurs' poor defence of a free kick gave him the time and
space to fire home via a deflection.
And the Blues cushioned that advantage soon after half-time
when Diego Costa's finish was diverted in by Kyle Walker for
an own goal.
Tottenham struggled to create genuine chances to get back
into the game and the final drifted towards its conclusion as
the Premier League leaders secured their first trophy of the
Mourinho made five changes from Chelsea's 1-1 draw with
Burnley and saw his side make the brighter start as Terry
headed over Willian's cross before Branislav Ivanovic's
looping cross threatened Spurs' goal.
Hugo Lloris - making his first League Cup appearance of the
season - dealt with the danger before Christian Eriksen rattled
the woodwork with a 25-yard free kick. The Dane's opportunity
came about after a foul on Harry Kane and the Spurs striker
was next to go close with a low strike that tested Petr Cech.
Willian's raking pass set Eden Hazard away down the left,
although his strike was blocked by Eric Dier, before Costa was
involved in two flashpoints prior to the half-hour mark, having
raised his hands towards Nabil Bentaleb.
A knock to Walker set the tone for a poor finish to the half for
Spurs that was compounded when Terry made the most of lax
defending on the stroke of half-time. When Chadli was caught
out by a looping ball and fouled Ivanovic, a host of Spurs
defenders failed to clear Willian's delivery, allowing skipper
Terry to open the scoring from close range courtesy of a
deflection off Kane.
Cesc Fabregas's overhead kick forced Lloris into a smart save
shortly after the interval and Chelsea's positive start to the
second half was rewarded when Costa looked to have scored
his first goal since mid-January. A purposeful burst down the
left was helped past Lloris by a Walker deflection - which was
the crucial touch - 56 minutes in, with Pochettino opting to
introduce Mousa Dembele and Erik Lamela to try and gain a
foothold in the contest.
However, Chelsea demonstrated their defensive solidity to see
out the victory with minimal fuss and collect the first of three
potential trophies this season, while Spurs must focus on
securing European qualification.
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