Chelsea will hope to overturn a 1-0 deficit from their Carabao Cup semi-final first leg against Tottenham Hotspur, as Maurizio Sarri’s side aim to reach their first final in this competition since 2015 on Thursday at Stamford Bridge.
The Blues looked impressive against Mauricio Pochettino’s team despite the loss, with the lack of end product paramount to their struggles as of late.
On the pitch, Chelsea’s performances have wavered, particularly in their recent loss to Arsenal in the Premier League. But, with the first piece of silverware of the season almost up for grabs, the fans will be looking for a more spirited fight from the players in the second leg.
Courtesy of match ratings provided by WhoScored.com, we have taken a look at the best performers from the first leg and have assembled our own combined team.
Goalkeeper: Paulo Gazzaniga (Tottenham Hotspur) 6.90
Argentinian shot-stopper Paulo Gazzaniga has only made seven appearances in all competitions this season. Despite his lack of first-team action, that did not stop him from putting in an impressive display at Wembley Stadium.
The goalkeeper made five saves in the first leg, including an excellent stop to prevent Callum Hudson-Odoi’s deflected cross from finding the net.
Right-back: Kieran Trippier (Tottenham Hotspur) 7.35
Kieran Trippier’s career keeps going from strength to strength. His role in England’s strong run in the 2018 World Cup has been replicated well by the full-back in Tottenham’s pursuit for silverware this season.
Trippier contributed to three interceptions and just as many tackles in the pursuit of stopping the Blues from gaining anything in the first leg.
Centre-back: Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham Hotspur) 7.12
The future of Tottenham’s brick wall was under threat not so long ago but has since rejuvenated himself with stellar performances this season. This has led to the Belgian’s contract being extended by a further year.
With an astonishing 10 clearances in the match, it is clear that he played a vital role in preventing a Blues onslaught.
Centre-back: Davinson Sanchez (Tottenham Hotspur) 6.90
Despite only arriving in north London at the start of last season, Davinson Sanchez was thrown straight into the deep end and he hasn’t looked back ever since.
The Columbian rock made two interceptions, which was more than the Blues’ centre-back pairing of Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger combined, who failed to make any between them.
Left-back: Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur) 7.38
It wasn’t so long ago that Danny Rose’s future was up in the air. But following his influence in games, such as his performances against the likes of Chelsea and Fulham, have led to him being irreplaceable on the left side of Tottenham’s defence.
Alongside Alderweireld, Rose helped the back line with six clearances, an important statistic considering the barrage of attacks coming from the visiting Blues in the second half.
Centre-midfield: N’Golo Kante (Chelsea) 7.49
There is just no escaping from the machine that is N’Golo Kante. There have been calls for him to return to his desired position from supporters. But there is no doubting the Frenchman’s versatility.
His more advanced role led to him being more of a threat towards Spurs’ goal a fortnight ago. Kante attempted three shots on goal whilst he maintained a passing accuracy of 86.2%.
Centre-midfield: Harry Winks (Tottenham Hotspur) 7.12
Harry Winks has suddenly found himself in the spotlight as one of the club’s most important players over the last few games. Due to injuries in the same position, the midfielder has stepped up and this was proven with a stoppage-time winner against Fulham in the Premier League on Sunday.
Winks controlled the transition in midfield between defence and attack in Spurs’ recent cup victory over the Blues, especially in the first half, where he accumulated a total of 62 passes throughout the game.
Centre-midfield: Moussa Sissoko (Tottenham Hotspur) 6.94
Moussa Sissoko still remains a mystery amongst supporters and neutrals alike. However, his inconstancy during his time in England seems to have diminished after becoming more of a figure in Tottenham’s midfield this term.
The French midfielder did a terrific job in stopping Chelsea’s midfield in their tracks. He made two tackles and had a passing accuracy of 85.3% from his 34 attempted passes.
Attacking-midfield: Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) 7.48
Christian Eriksen has been a stalwart in Spurs’ side for a number of years. His decisive passes and fluent set-pieces have seen him become a one of a kind in the white of Tottenham.
He attempted a total of 43 passes as well as firing two shots towards goal, no of which were on target. When called upon, the Danish star definitely has the ability to turn a game on its head.
Striker: Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) 7.60
Harry Kane is undoubtedly Spurs’ talisman in front of goal, and it is fortunate for Chelsea that he will be injured for tomorrow’s second leg.
Spurs’ goal-scoring maestro scored one goal from three shots on target, which shows that he doesn’t need many chances to punish any opposition he faces.
Striker: Eden Hazard (Chelsea) 8.30
From left-winger to a makeshift striker, it has not been the smoothest of transitions for the Belgian wizard. It was business, as usual, to begin with as he looked to initially adapt to the new role comfortably. But as it turns out, there is still a lot to be done before this could be considered as a permanent position for Eden Hazard.
The free-roaming attacker made five key passes at the home of English football whilst gathering the ball between his feet an impressive 70 times, as he was the driving force behind Chelsea’s waving, but failed attacks.
By Darion Westwood