Chelsea vs Tottenham Hotspur – Football Match Report – January 5, 2022
Chelsea took control of their Carabao Cup semi-final against Tottenham Hotspur, beating London rivals 2-0 in the first leg on Wednesday thanks to an early strike from Kai Havertz and an own goal from Spurs defender Ben Davies.
The Blues overwhelmed their visitors from the kick-off and, after confusion in the Spurs defense in the fifth minute, Havertz fired a sideways shot that was tied to goal before he fell off Davinson Sanchez’s foot. .
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Half an hour later, the dominant hosts scored their second goal, but with some luck, when Japhet Tanganga directed a free kick from Hakim Ziyech, only for the ball to bounce into Spurs’ net on the shoulder. by Davies.
“It looks like a deserved win, a great result as it reflects the game, we could have scored more but it’s difficult to score against Tottenham,” Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel told Sky Sports.
The victory eroded Spurs’ hopes, led by former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, to win a first trophy since lifting the League Cup in 2008. Since then, Chelsea have won 12 major trophies, including three in Premier League and two in the Champions League.
Regarding the performance of Spurs, Conte said: “The first half we struggled a lot from the start, but we know that we are talking about one of the best teams in Europe, in the world, last season they won the Champions League. If you compare the two teams, there is no comparison. We are talking about a team ready to win – today we saw the difference between the two teams. “
Tuchel restored Romelu Lukaku’s signing record to the squad after dropping him for Sunday’s 2-2 draw with Liverpool as a punishment for the Belgian saying in an interview he was not happy with his role at Stamford Bridge.
Lukaku came close to a header in the first half, created a chance for Ziyech after the break the Moroccan spoiled and hit a straight shot in added time on Hugo Lloris.
“I was pretty sure [Lukaku] has not been affected [by the controversy]. Even the last few days he seemed relaxed, well with the situation and mentally evolved, ”added Tuchel. “Romelu can handle the pressure and adversity, it was a good performance, he contributed a lot to our defensive setup and had chances.
Chelsea also welcomed Timo Werner after a period of absence with COVID-19. Replacing Havertz at half-time, the German striker unleashed a shot right off, then failed to chip Lloris when he was net.
Spurs created a few chances in the second half but the only one that really troubled Chelsea came in the 90th minute when Bryan Gil, out of reach, brought the ball back to his other substitute Giovani Lo Celso whose shot was saved by Kepa Arrizabalaga.
Ziyech has said he hopes Chelsea don’t regret their missed chances to put a tie out of Spurs’ reach.
“We forgot to finish the game, lots of chances. I hope we get the job done there,” the Moroccan told Sky Sports.
The semi-final second leg at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is set to take place on January 12 and the winners face either Arsenal or Liverpool.