Chelsea rightly won the first leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final against Tottenham, but they had so many chances that they should have already qualified for the final at Wembley.
Kai Havertz gave Chelsea the lead early on when he sprinted onto Marcos Alonso’s through ball and blasted home, despite Davinson Sanchez’s best efforts.
Japhet Tanganga headed the ball against teammate Ben Davies’ shoulder and it sailed into the net for the Blues’ second goal. Romelu Lukaku, who returned to the club following a one-game suspension for comments he made in an interview, had a couple of chances but shot wide from close range.
Spurs, who switched to a back four following a disastrous first half, didn’t get a shot until the 50th minute, when Kepa saved Harry Kane’s free-kick.
Chelsea’s chances kept coming, with Hugo Lloris saving Lukaku, Hakim Ziyech, and the returning Timo Werner. Spurs will need to be considerably better in the second leg in a week to have any hope of making it to Wembley.
The other semi-final features Liverpool and Arsenal, who will play on January 13 and 20 after the first leg was rescheduled due to Covid cases in the Liverpool camp.
Source: BBC Sport