“He is the man”, “A revelation”: Some Chelsea fans praise out of favour star after win vs Tottenham + Match report

Chelsea 2-1 Tottenham: Blues reach EFL Cup final via penalties

This crucial clash began with both teams looking to progress to the final of a valuable English cup trophy.

The game began with equal possession and some good passing moves in each other’s halves. Chelsea broke the deadlock in the 27th minute when they got a corner.

Hazard’s delivery was cleared from the box and it fell like a peach for the arriving N’Golo Kante, who blasted a shot that surprisingly went through the legs of three Spurs players including the goalkeeper.

N'golo Kante - 8

Ben Davies then went to the ground and immediately signalled to the bench that he needed to come off. Danny Rose replaced him in the 33rd minute. Five minutes later, Chelsea found the net again. Ross Barkley set the move off with a clever quick free-kick.

Hazard then moved the ball to Pedro who found an overlapping Azpilicueta with a precise through ball. His cut-back was met by Hazard himself, who tucked the ball into the left bottom corner to make it 2-1 on aggregate to the home side. Chelsea kept their 2-0 lead in this game until half time.

Eden Hazard - 8

As the second half began, Spurs starting piling the pressure on the Chelsea backline. In the 50th minute, a Danny Rose cross from the flank was met by Fernando Llorente, who guided the ball home.

With the score at 2-1 and penalties on the horizon, Chelsea began pushing for the third goal and even though they dominated the play and created multiple glorious goal-scoring chances, they were unable to convert any.

The game finished 2-1 which meant that it was 2-2 on aggregate and because the away goals rule doesn’t apply in the EFL Cup, it went straight to penalties.

Kepa Arrizabalaga - 6

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The Blues won the penalty shootout 4-2 to send the Chelsea fans into delirium as they now face Man City in the final at the Wembley stadium.

Here’s how some Chelsea fans reacted to this victory:

Written by Nikhil Vinod

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