Chelsea 2-0 Tottenham: Conte suffers on Stamford Bridge return as Blues put one foot in EFL Cup final

Thomas
Tuchel,
seemingly
eager
to
put
recent
indiscretions
to
one
side
after
an
apology,
reinstated
Romelu
Lukaku
to
his
starting
XI,
though
Chelsea’s
victory
arguably
said
more
about
Spurs’ defence
than
the
hosts’
attack.

The
Blues
were
ahead
inside
five
minutes
as
Kai
Havertz
punished
a
Japhet
Tanganga
error
at
the
back,
and
a
comical
Ben
Davies
own
goal
had
Chelsea
cruising
at
the
interval.

Spurs
improved
somewhat
in
the
second
45
minutes
but
were
fortunate
not
to
concede
more
goals,
with
Timo
Werner
spurning
a
couple
of
excellent
opportunities,
perhaps
giving
Conte’s
men
a
lifeline
for
the
return
leg.

Lukaku
should
have
made
a
swift
impact
when
released
into
the
box
in
the
first
minute,
only
to
bizarrely
opt
for
a
cut-back
that
went
to
no
one.

Spurs
gifted
them
another
chance
soon
after,
though,
and
Chelsea
took
it

Marcos
Alonso
cut
out
Tanganga’s
dreadful
pass
and
fed
Havertz,
who
found
the
net
despite
Davinson
Sanchez’s
best
efforts.

The
dominant
home
side
made
it
2-0
just
past
the
half-hour
mark,
Tanganga’s
unchallenged
headed
clearance
bouncing
back
off
Davies
and
going
in.

Spurs,
who
introduced
Tanguy
Ndombele
at
half-time,
were
brighter
early
in
the
second
period,
with
Harry
Kane
testing
Kepa
Arrizabalaga
via
a
20-yard
free-kick.

Still,
the
best
chances
went
the
way
of
Chelsea
and
Werner,
who
first
shot
agonisingly
wide
and
then
saw
Hugo
Lloris
just
about
reach
his
lobbed
effort
after
an
exquisite
pass
from
Hakim
Ziyech.

A
late
Ndombele
effort
from
Bryan
Gil’s
pull-back
was
then
well
saved
by
Kepa
as
the
Blues
kept
their
clean
sheet
intact.


What
does
it
mean?
Chelsea
in
control
of
the
tie

The
last
trophy
Spurs
won
was
via
this
competition
in
2008

on
the
evidence
of
this
first
leg,
they
will
not
be
ending
that
drought
in
next
month’s
final.

Sure,
there
was
undoubtedly
an
improvement
from
Spurs
in
the
second
half
here,
but
they
could
not
really
have
gotten
any
worse

they
failed
to
register
a
single
shot
in
the
first
45
minutes.
Even
then,
Chelsea
were
still
on
another
level
after
the
break.

Conte
has
received
a
lot
of
praise
for
the
impact
he
has
had
on
Spurs
in
just
a
couple
of
months
at
the
helm,
but
this
was
a
reminder
of
how
far
they
still
have
to
go.


Fruitful
from
the
flanks

Alonso
and
Ziyech
were
both
impressive
out
wide
for
the
Blues.
The
Spaniard
was
deployed
as
a
left-back
rather
than
wing-back
but
still
got
forward
to
great
effect,
making
the
interception
and
playing
the
pass
for
the
first
goal

that
was
one
of
three
key
passes.
The
only
player
to
register
more
(four)
was
Ziyech
on
the
right,
whose
use
of
the
ball
was
often
excellent
in
the
final
third.


You’ve
been
Tangangoed!

This
was
a
day
to
forget
for
Tanganga.
It
was
his
poor
pass
to
Emerson
Royal
that
was
intercepted
in
the
build-up
to
the
first
goal,
and
then
his
header
went
in
off
Davies
for
the
second
when
he
was
under
virtually
no
pressure.


What’s
next?

These
two
will
resume
hostilities
next
Wednesday
(January
12)
in
the
second
leg
at
Tottenham
Hotspur
Stadium,
but
before
that,
both
teams
are
in
FA
Cup
action.
Chelsea
host
Chesterfield
on
Saturday
(January
8),
while
Spurs
welcome
Morecambe
to
north
London
the
following
day.

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