The Paw Print
The final of the Capital One cup this year faced the two city-rivals from London and was played on Sunday, March 1st on the English national Stadium, Wembley. The club of the Russian multi-billionaire, Roman Abramovich managed to beat Tottenham Hotspur FC with 2:0 after an incredibly interesting, fast-paced and equally matched game. Jose Mourinho’s players delivered a really solid performance and were outstanding in the tactical aspect of the game, strictly following their manager’s plan and managing to score in the 1st and 2nd halves of the game. The captain, John Terry, managed to open the score in the 44th minute, and Diego Costa put himself on the goal scoring list in the 56th minute after his shot got deflected and ended up landing in the back of the net. This championship title was the first one since Jose Mourinho “The Special one” returned on Stamford Bridge, from the Madrid “giants” Real Madrid C.F. This was however, Mourinho’s 21st championship title as a manager in his career, making him one of the most successful managers in history. He has proven that he can be successful anywhere he goes by winning championships in Portugal, England, Italy, and Spain.
The game started better for “The Spurs,” and the young Christian Eriksen managed to hit the crossbar after an almost perfectly placed free-kick in the beginning stages of the game. The young 21 year-old forward sensation of the Premier League this year, Harry Kane with 24 goals in his debut season in the EPL, also had two chances to shoot on goal but failed to put enough power, and Chelsea’s goalkeeper, Peter Cezch, saved on both occasions. Chelsea, however, stroke in the closing stages of the first half when, after a cross from a free-kick and after a brief scuffle into the 18-yard box, the ball ended up at Terry’s feet lest than 10 yards away from the goal line. The Chelsea’s captain’s shot got deflected, which fooled the keeper and made it impossible to save, and “The Blues” took the lead. Just when Tottenham thought that the worst for this half was over, Chelsea FC could have scored again only a few seconds after their first goal, but Hugo Lloris kept the ball out after a great save, so the score remained 1:0 at half time.
The second half started with the same dynamics as the first one ended, and Chelsea soon created a great attack, which put their forward, Diego Costa, in a goal scoring position in the 56th minute. The Spanish international duo, Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa, combined again showing the great “chemistry” that they have when playing together, and Costa found himself in the 18-yard box. His shot/cross got deflected and Tottenham’s keeper Hugo Lloris was fooled again as the trajectory of the ball abruptly changed after the deflection, which made the shot impossible to save.
Even though, both of Chelsea’s goals involved a significant dose of luck “The Blues” from London delivered a solid performance and deserved the title. Tottenham Hotspur F.C. could have delivered the surprise in this matchup if they had managed to open the score early in the game, which could have definitely turned the way this game developed all around.