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Carabao Cup 2018-19, Chelsea 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur (4-2 on penalties): 5 Hits and Flops

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4.62K   //    25 Jan 2019, 07:40 IST

Chelsea players celebrate after N'Golo Kante's goal
Chelsea players celebrate after N'Golo Kante's goal

Chelsea entered the second leg of the league cup semi-final with a goal down. Tottenham Hotspur's only goal from the last game was canceled out by N'Golo Kante who shot the ball when the visitors' defenders failed to close down and hid Paul Gazzaniga's view, who could not do anything about it at the end.

Another goal in the first half came through Eden Hazard's neat finish from a good counter attack to head into the half-time with a two-goal cushion.

However, Mauricio Pochettino's side was relentless in the second half and took the game to Chelsea's half.

Their well-deserved goal came through Fernando Llorente who did really well to sneak in and head the ball from close range to force the game to extra time.

Christian Eriksen, Eric Lamela scored the penalties for Spurs, whereas, Jorginho, David Luiz, Cesar Azpilicueta, and Willian found the back of the net for the hosts.

However, spot-kick misses from Eric Dier and Lucas Moura ended Tottenham Hotspur's run in the league cup as Maurizio Sarri's men will be heading to Wembley to face Manchester City who were the victors last season.

In this piece, we shall look at the five hits and flops from the game.


#1 Hit - Eden Hazard

Eden Hazard celebrates after his goal
Eden Hazard celebrates after his goal

Undoubtedly, Eden Hazard was the best player on the pitch in this game. The Belgian International did every so well to nick a goal in the first half and was causing serious problems through the left flank to Serge Aurier.

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Besides that goal, he nearly set up one for Olivier Giroud who did not control the ball properly. With his extra special dribbling ability, Hazard completed four take ons which is the highest in the game and completed the same amount of crosses as well.

With the ability to drift in and find spaces between the defence, the Chelsea forward create the most number of chances with five in this game.

Chelsea sat back for most parts of the second half and Hazard's pace came in handy for them to strike Tottenham in counters.

He was rightly awarded the Man of the match award.

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