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The Capital One Cup Final 2014
March 1st, 2014. Chelsea and Tottenham face-off at Wembley in the final of the Capital One Cup Final. Both teams entered the competition in the 3rd Round, and their routes to the final were not straightforward.
Both teams are sitting in the Champions League Qualification spots as we head into March, but both will be aware that a victory in the final will guarantee at least Europa League football next season, adding extra incentive to the game.
Chelsea Starting XI
Subs: Schwarzer, Schurrle, Pedro, Torres, Luiz, Willian, Van Ginkel
Tottenham Starting XI
Subs: Zieler, Chiriches, Capoue, Griezmann, De Sciglio, Lamela, Jese
First HalfChelsea Kicked-Off, and within a minute the game had it's first booking, Christian Eriksen shown a yellow for bringing down Mo Salah on the edge of the centre-circle.
5 Minutes in, and Tottenham had the ball in the back of the net, converting a long-range chance after the ball was cleared from a corner. The Spurs fans were in raptures; was this finally their year? Their side kept Chelsea on the back foot for the next 20 minutes, before Roberto Soldado lifted the ball over Petr Cech in the Chelsea goal to make it 2-0, and the Chelsea fans looked worried; was this going to be another Rout like what they watched Arsenal endure?
Captain Frank Lampard allayed those fears slightly, rattling the ball into the back of the Spurs net from the edge of the area to bring Chelsea back into the match; 2-1 after 28 minutes. That parity didn't last long though, Soldado netting within a minute to re-extend the Spurs lead to 3-1, and the Spurs fans cranked the volume louder than ever before.
Second HalfAfter the break, Tottenham showed no signs of letting up, as they kept the pressure on Chelsea, pressing high up the pitch and hassling Oscar whenever he had the ball, stifling Chelsea's creativity in midfield.
64 Minutes in, and Spurs' lead was extended even further, Jan Vertonghen looping a header past Cech from an Eriksen Corner, and Wembley was in party mode, the Spurs fans singing the praises of their heroes. Eriksen was the scorer of the side's final goal after 82 minutes, sealing an impressive performance from Spurs, and a 5-1 victory, and Ardilles' first trophy as manager.