Ultra-dominated in the semi-final first leg a week ago at Stamford Bridge, the Spurs did not really know how to move up the cursor to hope to reverse the tide and lost 1-0. Wembley doors open at Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea.
Tottenham 0-1 Chelsea
But : Rüdiger (18e)
CAN haven’t given us enough 1-0 yet, so English football is giving us one on a plateau. Defeated 2-0 in the first leg, Tottenham again suffered the law of a stronger, more consistent Chelsea. In short, stronger. Thomas Tuchel continues his streak of 100% wins against Harry Kane’s teammates, and further propels Chelsea to the League final. The cut this time. Antonio Conte can tear out the few (real) hairs he has left on the stone, because his Spurs were not particularly transcendent in front of the 60,000 spectators at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. It’s beautiful life without gauge or mask in the spans …
From the start, the Blues made it clear to their evening opponent that we were going to start again on the same bases as seven days earlier. A controlled possession, with movement and a Malang Sarr aligned in the left lane. The former Niçois has space, and the Spurs supposed to be in his zone take a little time before understanding that the French is really playing sideways and not in a three-way defense. Werner and then Lukaku are initially dangerous, but it is from a defender that the opening will come. Mason Mount takes a good corner from the left and Pierluigi Gollini, surprise holder instead of Lloris, totally misses his exit. What allows the back of Antonio Rüdiger to open the scoring (0-1, 18e).
We have to wait half an hour of play to see the locals annoy Chelsea. Kane tangles the brushes a bit in the surface, but Højbjerg recovers, and his strike grazes Kepa’s skylight (31e). Ten minutes later, the same Dane thinks of offering a penalty to Harry Kane, but Antonio Rüdiger is a master of the tackle, and VAR shows that the foul took place outside the box. 45 minutes from time, Tottenham must score three times to snatch overtime (no away goal rule).
And Conte’s speech must have been effective at the break, since his players return to the pitch with other intentions. Chelsea hardly saw the light of day until 63e minute, when Kane reduces the mark … before being signaled out of play. A non-reduction of the score which sounds somewhat the end of the revolt of the Spurs, Kepa having hardly had a job for the last half hour. Nor does Pierluigi Gollini. As we walked quietly towards the final whistle, the match was interrupted for a few minutes, obviously because of a discomfort in the stands. The meeting was finally able to end normally. Chelsea are therefore depriving Tottenham of a second consecutive final and will challenge the winner of the double confrontation between Liverpool and Arsenal at Wembley on February 27. With the intention of erasing the memory of the defeat suffered against Leicester last May.
Tottenham (3-4-3) : Gollini – Tanganga, Sánchez, Davies – Emerson Royal, Winks (Skipp, 81e), Højbjerg, Doherty (Sessegnon, 65e)- Lucas Moura, Kane, Lo Celso (B. Gil, 71e). Coach: Antonio Conte.
Chelsea (3-4-3) : Kepa – Christensen (T. Silva, 66e), Sarr, Rüdiger – Azpilicueta, Jorginho (Loftus-Cheek, 82e), Kovačić (Kanté, 77e), Hudson-Odoi – Mount (Ziyech, 66e), Lukaku, Werner (M. Alonso, 66e). Coach: Thomas Tuchel.
By Léo Tourbe