Billy’s Soccer Beat
Chelsea Football Club is having a very successful season, perhaps the most successful of their entire history.
Now, with their victory in the League Cup over Tottenham Hotspur, they have the first piece of silverware in their trophy case, with the chance to add a few more over the course of the year. Jose Mourinho has yet to win a trophy in his latest stint with the club, an unprecedented two and a half year drought for the “Special One,” so this win certainly lifts a weight off his shoulders as he has locked down his first title of the year.
During his previous tenure with Chelsea, Mourinho won the League Cup in 2005, which sparked an avalanche of trophies and cemented his status amongst the legendary Chelsea managers. Chelsea fans still have a Premier League title race and Champions League to look forward to, so I highly doubt Mourinho is done adding trophies at Stamford Bridge this year. However, with his win over Spurs, Jose Mourinho has once again shown that he belongs in conversation for the best managers in Europe and the best managers in Chelsea history. The victory over Spurs was just the beginning and now Chelsea supporters can focus on the other competitions within their grasp.
As the game against Spurs progressed, it became clear that Chelsea was the team destined to win this year’s League Cup.
After Christian Eriksen rocketed a shot off the bar in the first half, Tottenham’s time dominating possession was over. Chelsea gained control of the game with Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas playing masterfully off of each other, controlling possession and providing a constant threat to score against the shaky Spurs defense. After Branislav Ivanovic earned a free kick, Willian whipped in a free kick to the near post and John Terry ricocheted a header off wunderkind Harry Kane and past Hugo Lloris, the Tottenham goalkeeper, to give Chelsea the lead. Chelsea’s second goal came when Diego COst caught a beautiful ball from Cesc Fabregas and ripped a low shot that caromed off the foot of Spurs defender Kyle Walker and into the back of the net.
The two goal cushion proved to be enough for the Blues to take home the trophy and wow the Wembley crowd. While the goals certainly came on lucky breaks, Chelsea was far from lucky to take home the win. They repeatedly showed that they were the better team all afternoon.
Sitting five points above second place Manchester City with a game in hand, Chelsea FC are in prime position to secure their fourth title of the Premier League era. Additionally, with an away goal in hand in their Champions League matchup against Paris Saint Germain, they are one tie at Stamford Bridge away from a spot in the Champions League quarterfinals. Needless to say, the chance for Chelsea to secure a treble this season, an unprecedented accumulation of silverware in European soccer, is very much so in reach.
The team this season possesses an incredible amount of depth, a championship caliber manager, and the right mix of youth and veterans to make their path towards more trophies that much more realistic. Winning the Premier League is moving each day towards certainty and in a cup competition like the Champions League, Chelsea could very well find themselves on top of European soccer come mid-May.
Mourinho mentioned after the winSunday that he feeds himself with titles, and after this season, he may very well be full with two trophies he has not won at Chelsea in a decade. Blues fans have a lot to look forward to as this season draws to a close, but this victory signifies the start of something great for Chelsea.