Chelsea Spurs Match review (12/1/22)
Chelsea beat Spurs 3-0 on aggregate to progress to Thomas Tuchel's third final at chelsea in 350 days, the first Chelsea manager to do so. While the performance from the blues was not as stellar as the first leg, it was a professional performance that allowed Chelsea to get the job done.
The game started off fairly open with Chelsea having control over the possession while Spurs were able create a few half chances such as the Harry Kane free kick. However, after Antonio Rudiger's header/back beat Gollini who had prematurely come out for a corner, Chelsea gained control and won the tie. The first half still had some drama after a tackle from Rudiger on Hojberg was initially given as a penalty until Mike Dean in VAR overturned the decision for a free kick, avoiding a small scare for Chelsea at the end of the first half.
VAR drama continued into the second half, Kepa makes a great challenge on Lucas Moura for Andre Marriner to surprisingly give a penalty to Spurs. Until Mike Dean had to intervene once again to help Chelsea and decided that Marriner had made a clear and obvious error. Harry Kane did put the ball in the back of Chelsea's net however, VAR intervened again ruling the goal as offside due to only one Chelsea defender between Kane and the goal at the time of the ball being passed to Kane.
Even though Chelsea had comfortably beat Spurs 3-0 on aggregate, Tuchel was still unimpressed by his side's performance stating after the game that Chelsea "...were a bit sloppy and weren't aware of the danger" While the fans won't care about the performance as much, it is reassuring that Tuchel has clearly set high standards for this Chelsea team which creates the mentality needed to be successful.
Standout players in the match was the goal scorer, Rudiger, Malang Sarr who was forced into the lb position instead of his preferred cb role, Jorginho and Kepa when he was called upon, which in all fairness was rare.
Rudiger's aggressive approach throughout this game nearly got him in trouble with the penalty incident in the first half, although it enabled him to bully any Spurs player that attempted to take him on during the match. Hopefully, Chelsea will find an agreement for him to sign a new contract as his personality is a rarity nowadays that can give Chelsea an edge to them that other teams, such as Spurs, don't have.
Spurs had a slight improvement in performance from the first leg however the difference in quality and mentality between Chelsea and Spurs was still evident as seen by the empty seats after the introduction of Kante in the 77th minute. For Conte, while his team can not match the individual quality that Chelsea have, the lack of intensity from Spurs for the majority of the match where they are chasing a three goal deficit is inexcusable. Especially with the small chance that Daniel Levy will actually back Conte with a sizeable budget in January and Summer to create a Conte envisioned Spurs team.
Overall, another final for Chelsea and Thomas Tuchel with the extra satisfaction of ensuring that Spurs' 14 year trophy drought will continue. Chelsea normally would be finding out their opponents in the final tomorrow however, after the suspicious amount of false positives from Liverpool the first leg will be played tomorrow resulting in Chelsea having to wait another week for who they will be playing at Wembley on the 27th February in the Carabao Cup Final.