Chelsea put up a clinical performance to win the first silverware of the season at Wembley. It was manager Jose Mourinho’s first trophy ever since he returned for his second spell as Chelsea manager with a comfortable Capital One Cup final victory over Tottenham.
Although Spurs looked well on top of proceedings in the early exchanges,, it was John Terry and Diego Costa who eventually did the damage – both with the aid of deflections – either side of the interval as Spurs’ hopes of repeating their success over Chelsea in this competition seven years ago never got off the ground.
The win gave Mourinho his first silverware since La Liga success with Real Madrid in 2012 and Chelsea their first since the Europa League final victory against Benfica in Amsterdam a year later.
Mourinho employed Kurt Zouma, a central defender by trade, in midfield to fulfill the role left behind by the suspended Nemanja Matic to outstanding effect. He stifled things for Tottenham with ease as he cut off the spaces usually exploited by Christian Eriksen.
It was Eriksen whose free kick gave Chelsea their only scare in first half striking the cross bar before Terry took advantage of a hesitant Spurs defense to send a loose ball at the back of the net off Harry Kane.
Spurs, continued with their hard work even after Diego Costas deflected shot made it 2-0 after the interval. With experienced John Terry commanding the defense, Spurs never looked close to repeating the convincing victory over Chelsea on New Year’s Day, when Mourinho’s side were beaten 5-3 at White Hart Lane.
Meanwhile action in the premier league continued over the weekend as well with Liverpool causing a massive damage to Manchester City’s title ambitions with a 2-1 win at Anfield. Arsenal beat Everton 2-0 on Saturday to climb to third while Manchester United remained in fourth with a 2-0 win over Sunderland in a game that saw the referee handing a red card to the wrong person.