BrotherDefeating Tottenham 1-0 in the second leg of the semi-final on the evening of January 12, Thomas Tuchel’s teachers and students won the first ticket to the final of the Confederation Cup with a total score of 3-0.

Rudiger scored with his back to the goal. Photo: Reuters.

*Score: Rudiger 18′

Chelsea remained cautious despite winning 2-0 in the first leg last week at Stamford Bridge. Coach Tuchel arranged a 4-2-2-2 formation with attacking duo Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner kicking the highest, while Mason Mount and Callum Hudson-Odoi supported right below.

Tottenham were forced to win but suffered a big loss without Son Heung-min, the striker who scored nine goals in the first 21 matches of the season, due to injury. Coach Antonio Conte uses a 5-3-2 formation with Harry Kane paired with Lucas Moura in attack.

VAR determined that the Chelsea defender did not foul Hoejbjeng in the penalty area.

VAR determined that the Chelsea defender did not foul Hoejbjeng in the penalty area.

Playing at Tottenham Hotspur, but Chelsea started quite comfortably. The defending Champions League champion continuously surrounded the goal, and in the 18th minute, he got ahead. In Mount’s corner, defender Antonio Rudiger jumped to head, while goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini crossed too late.

Chelsea control the ball on average 64%, even up to 76% at times. This forced Tottenham to play defensively and counter-attack. At the end of the first half, the home team missed two good opportunities. Hoejbjerg shot narrowly wide of the post, and Kane missed the ball at a distance of one meter.

In the second half, VAR repeatedly refused to give Tottenham an advantage. After consultation, the referee ruled out all three situations: Hoejbjerg and Moura fell in the Chelsea box, while Kane put the ball into the net in an offside position.

Rudiger (No. 2) celebrates the goal with his teammates.  Photo: Reuters

Rudiger (No. 2) celebrates the goal with his teammates. Photo: Reuters

Losing the final 0-3, Tottenham accepted to stop in the semi-finals. Chelsea reached the final to meet the winner of the match between Liverpool and Arsenal. The League Cup final takes place on February 27, at Wembley Stadium (London).

The Liverpool – Arsenal pair postponed the first leg last week because Liverpool had many Covid-19 infections. The two teams will play the first leg at 2:45 am on Friday, January 14, Hanoi time, before the rematch next week.

Tottenham 0-1 Chelsea

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