Thomas Tuchel got three things right as Chelsea beat Tottenham to reach the Carabao Cup final.
Chelsea avoided an upset by advancing to the Carabao Cup final with a 1-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur, though the scoreline does not tell the whole story.
Chelsea advanced to the Carabao Cup final with a resounding win over London rivals Tottenham Hotspur.
Thanks to some shoddy goalkeeping by Spurs’ Pierluigi Gollini, the Blues took the lead in the 18th minute when Antonio Rudiger converted a Mason Mount corner with his back.
In the final, Thomas Tuchel’s side will face either Arsenal or Liverpool, who meet in the first leg of their semi-final on Thursday night.
Chelsea had a two-goal advantage going into this match.
With such a lead, it would have been very easy for Tuchel’s team to ease off the gas and become complacent.
So, how did the German coach fare against Antonio Conte’s team?
Chelsea supporters are worried about who they will have in defense next season, but Malang Sarr’s performance may have calmed them down.
Tuchel used the Frenchman as a left-back, but he also played as a left-sided centre-back in a three at times.
Sarr was calm and composed in possession and a rock-solid defender, but he also stepped forward to link up with Callum Hudson-Odoi and cause problems for the Spurs defense.
With Rudiger, Andreas Christensen, and Cesar Azpilicueta’s contracts expiring at the end of the season, Tuchel made the right decision by giving the former Nice defender a chance to shine and prove he can fill the defensive void next season.
Starting Thiago Silva would have taught the manager nothing, but he now knows that he has a 21-year-old on his hands who could be a valuable asset in the future.
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Hudson-Odoi continued to impress against Emerson Royal, putting the Brazilian on the back foot from the start with his direct dribbling and pace.
The way the Englishman transitioned into the left-wing back role, however, caught the eye.
On occasion, the 21-year-old moved into a more defensive role, and his work in his own half was commendable, as he covered overlapping runs and kept an eye on Spurs right winger runs.
While Ben Chilwell is out with an injury, the Blues are reportedly interested in signing a left-back.
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