Chelsea 2-0 Tottenham Hotspur: Blues win Carabao Cup semi-final first leg

Ben Davies' own goal

Chelsea deservedly beat Tottenham in the first leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final, but had so many chances they should have already sealed their place at Wembley.

Kai Havertz gave Chelsea an early lead when he ran onto Marcos Alonso’s through ball and fired home with Davinson Sanchez unable to keep the shot out on the line.

The Blues’ second was a comedy own goal as Japhet Tanganga headed the ball into team-mate Ben Davies’ shoulder and it flew into the net.

Romelu Lukaku, back in the team after a one-game exile for comments he made in an interview, had several chances and headed wide from close range.

Spurs, who changed to a back four after a torrid first half, had to wait until the 50th minute for a shot, with Harry Kane’s free-kick saved by Kepa.

But the chances continued to come for Chelsea with Hugo Lloris denying Lukaku, Hakim Ziyech and the returning Timo Werner.

Spurs will need to be much better in a week’s time in the second leg to have any chance of reaching Wembley.

Liverpool and Arsenal play in the other semi-final with their games on 13 and 20 January after the first leg rearranged because of Covid cases in the Liverpool camp.

Conte’s Spurs some way off still

Tottenham have looked much improved since former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte replaced Nuno Espirito Santo, only losing once in 11 games before this.

But the wait for a first trophy since the 2008 League Cup will surely go on – with many problems of their own making at Stamford Bridge.

Emerson Royal did not control a pass from Tanganga and Alonso nipped in to set up the opener.

And the second saw Ziyech swing in a free-kick with Spurs’ defenders doing the rest for him.

Most of the pre-match chat had been about Lukaku, who has apologised for an interview which saw him dropped for Chelsea’s draw with Liverpool.

He was involved on plenty of occasions, with several shots – including an effort straight at Lloris in injury time – and a good pass to Ziyech which the Moroccan should have finished.

Encouraging too was the return of Werner after injury, although he replaced Havertz, who broke his finger while scoring the opening goal, at half-time.

The only real downside for Thomas Tuchel’s side, who played 4-4-2 because of a lack of defensive options, is that they did not score with more of their 19 efforts to wrap up the tie.

BBC Radio 5 Live analysis

Former Chelsea winger Karen Carney: “Chelsea controlled everything tonight. They were back to their usual Chelsea self. It was a really good performance.

“Thomas Tuchel will be happy right now with the clean sheet and win but tomorrow when he reflects on it he’ll think ‘we’ve still left them in the tie’. It should have been done and dusted.

“With how poor Spurs were, they should have really gone for them. They should have put the whole semi-final to bed.”

Ex-Republic of Ireland striker Clinton Morrison: “Spurs aren’t out of it but it was comfortable for Chelsea. They were in second gear. It didn’t look like a semi-final for Spurs.

“It looked like they were going through the motions. They’re still in it if they can get the first goal next week.

“It was a flat performance. Who really thinks this is a big cup competition to win? Harry Kane was chasing things down but I didn’t see many others. You want to get to a final and lift some silverware.

“If Chelsea wanted to go to that next level, they could have. There was a lot left in the tank. 2-0 flattered Spurs.”

Player of the match

HavertzKai Havertz

with an average of 7.47

Chelsea

  1. Squad number29Player nameHavertz

    Average rating

    7.47

  2. Squad number22Player nameZiyech

    Average rating

    7.44

  3. Squad number19Player nameMount

    Average rating

    7.33

  4. Squad number2Player nameRüdiger

    Average rating

    7.23

  5. Squad number28Player nameAzpilicueta

    Average rating

    7.10

  6. Squad number11Player nameWerner

    Average rating

    6.99

  7. Squad number17Player nameSaúl

    Average rating

    6.97

  8. Squad number8Player nameKovacic

    Average rating

    6.96

  9. Squad number3Player nameAlonso

    Average rating

    6.92

  10. Squad number31Player nameSarr

    Average rating

    6.79

  11. Squad number1Player nameArrizabalaga

    Average rating

    6.78

  12. Squad number12Player nameLoftus-Cheek

    Average rating

    6.55

  13. Squad number10Player namePulisic

    Average rating

    6.55

  14. Squad number68Player nameVale

    Average rating

    6.54

  15. Squad number9Player nameLukaku

    Average rating

    6.30

  16. Squad number5Player nameJorginho

    Average rating

    6.23

Tottenham Hotspur

  1. Squad number1Player nameLloris
    Average rating

    5.64

  2. Squad number27Player nameLucas Moura
    Average rating

    5.18

  3. Squad number7Player nameSon Heung-Min
    Average rating

    4.84

  4. Squad number29Player nameSkipp
    Average rating

    4.57

  5. Squad number11Player nameGil
    Average rating

    4.55

  6. Squad number10Player nameKane
    Average rating

    4.44

  7. Squad number6Player nameD Sánchez
    Average rating

    4.30

  8. Squad number28Player nameNdombele
    Average rating

    4.28

  9. Squad number33Player nameDavies
    Average rating

    4.27

  10. Squad number8Player nameWinks
    Average rating

    4.16

  11. Squad number18Player nameLo Celso
    Average rating

    3.92

  12. Squad number25Player nameTanganga
    Average rating

    3.74

  13. Squad number2Player nameDoherty
    Average rating

    3.51

  14. Squad number12Player nameEmerson Royal
    Average rating

    3.34

  15. Squad number5Player nameHøjbjerg
    Average rating

    3.17

Line-ups

Chelsea

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Arrizabalaga
  • 28AzpilicuetaSubstituted forValeat 90′minutes
  • 2Rüdiger
  • 31SarrBooked at 62mins
  • 3Alonso
  • 17SaúlSubstituted forLoftus-Cheekat 73′minutes
  • 5Jorginho
  • 22ZiyechSubstituted forPulisicat 79′minutes
  • 19MountSubstituted forKovacicat 73′minutes
  • 29HavertzSubstituted forWernerat 45′minutes
  • 9Lukaku

Substitutes

  • 8Kovacic
  • 10Pulisic
  • 11Werner
  • 12Loftus-Cheek
  • 13Bettinelli
  • 18Barkley
  • 20Hudson-Odoi
  • 68Vale
  • 75Hall

Tottenham

Formation 3-4-3

  • 1Lloris
  • 25Tanganga
  • 6D Sánchez
  • 33Davies
  • 12Emerson Royal
  • 29SkippSubstituted forWinksat 73′minutes
  • 5Højbjerg
  • 2DohertySubstituted forNdombeleat 45′minutes
  • 27Lucas MouraSubstituted forGilat 80′minutes
  • 10Kane
  • 7Son Heung-MinSubstituted forLo Celsoat 79′minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Reguilón
  • 8Winks
  • 11Gil
  • 14Rodon
  • 18Lo Celso
  • 20Alli
  • 22Gollini
  • 28Ndombele
  • 40Austin

Referee:
Craig Pawson

Attendance:
37,868

Match Stats

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Match ends, Chelsea 2, Tottenham Hotspur 0.

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