Spurs' Stiffest Challenge Stiffs Their Cup Run
Talk about the luck of the draw!
Tottenham was cruising down Easy Street round after round in the Capital One Cup competition, brushing opposition to the curb.
What a list! Two Championship sides, one League 1, and Team Perpetual Turmoil aka Newcastle United:
|3||Nottingham Forest ...||Ch||3-1|
|4||Brighton & Hove Albion ...||Ch||2-1|
|Semi*||Sheffield United ...||L1||3-2|
|*Semi-Final result is an aggregate|
And then, Chelsea appeared. Call it a horse of a different color, and the color was Blue. Spurs may be on the upswing, but the Premiership pacesetters swing back. Hard. Thus, the crew from London's SW6 prevailed, 2-0, to claim the Capital One Cup.
Tottenham v Chelsea is a fixture usually filled with goals, so this one came in lower than expected. As Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino predicted, Spurs needed to be near perfect to derail Chelsea. Didn't happen.
José Mourinho’s very own Blue man group were better on the pitch as well as the scorecard. And that’s the kind of math The Chosen One likes to do.
Chelsea got the edge on their rivals through one of its vintage weapons, John Terry:
Blues defenders are finding the twine far more often than not. From that perspective, it’s a mild surprise that Branislav Ivanović didn’t register on the scoresheet.
Spurs defenders looked like a herd of deer in headlights in awe of the Spaniard’s skill. Dudes! You got into the stadium for free! Don't act like you bought a ticket!
For whatever reason, the attack-minded Spurs have always seemed to have soft moments on defense. This one was worthy of a nod from those damn Charmin bears:
Kyle Walker was the culprit this time.
So, Chelsea are sitting on top of the world as the Premiership leaders, the Capital One Cup winners, and holders of a fairly comfortable position in the Champions League. A treble may be on the cards for the Blue boys.