Two goals from Eden Hazard and Ngolo Kante might have looked safe for Chelsea to see off Kane-less Tottenham but Fernando Llorente’s goal made sure the match went on to penalties. Albeit, Chelsea won the match, Tottenham had a 1-0 advantage from the first-leg encounter which meant the game going down to the wire.
Two goals in the first 45 minutes was enough to sound a note of warning to the Liilywhites. Kante who had enough room from a poorly cleared corner made no mistake about it as he took a shot which zipped through the legs of Moussa Sissoko, Ben Davies as well as goalkeeper, Paulo Gazzaniga to find its way into the net.
Eden Hazard, reveling in the introduction of Giroud -who became the targetman for defenders – sent in a pass to Pedro. The Spaniard in turn fed full-back Azpilicueta the ball, with the full-back sending in a cross for Hazard to calmly convert into goal.
Sarri who had earlier questioned the mentality of his players must have been smiling in his heart. However, the Blues gaffer would have kept in mind that any goal from Spurs would spell trouble for them considering the 1-0 advantage they gained in the first leg encounter played at Wembley.
His mind wasn’t tricking him. Few minutes after the start of the second half, a goal by Fernando Llorente pegged the blues back to where they started from. Game on!
There were chances aplenty by both teams but none seemed enough as the game went on to penalties.
Both sides prepared for the spotkicks as they picked their best penalty takers to take first. Returning midfielder, Eric Dier and former PSG man, Lucas Moura lost their spot kicks for the Lilywhites leaving the chance to David Luiz to provide the winner for the Blues.
The Brazilian made no mistake about it as he converted the spot and sent his team into the finals. Chelsea would now face Manchester City in the EFL Cup final.