Chelsea were well within their rights to seek for a postponement of their Carabao Cup semi final first leg here after three key players were missing because of Covid 19. No Kante and Thiago Silva who tested positive compounding injuries to Christiensen and Chalobah. However Tuchel (a disciple of Rangnick) was able to employ a 4-2-2-2 with the limited personnel to great effect. Lukaku and Tuchel patched things up and started with Havertz upfront which worked well. The “heartfelt” apology on social media by Romelu doing the trick .The North Londoners were forced into a changed lineup especially in defense with Sanchez and Tanganga starting together , no Dier. Upfront it was the usual dangerous trio of Son, Kane and Lucas. The unsettled defense were two nil down after 35 minutes. The Spurs didn’t take the page from Wolves at United and utilize the wings more that the Chelsea formation allow you to. The own goals tell of the pressure they were under, although Harvertz was credited with the goal because his shot was on target.
The system suited Saul the best for Chelsea. The Spaniard has had an average start to life at Chelsea owing mostly to being played out of position most of the times at left back.Psychologically 2-0 is a dangerous score line as it allows you to fall into a false sense of security. Chelsea let Tottenham creep back into the game. The introduction of Ndombele and Bryan Gil sparked them into life. Gil gave them the width on the left wing which was missing in the first half and provided Lo Celso the best chance of the match for Spurs to score late on. I think Harvertz answered the question of who is best to partner Lukaku upfront. The fact that Ziyech has had a falling out with the Morocco national coach helps Chelsea in their time of personnel need with AFCON starting at the weekend. Playing two legs for a tournament of low stature as Carabao Cup is mind boggling owing to the fixture crisis English soccer is experiencing. Spurs wont mind though as they have a second leg to look forward to next week at the New White Hart Lane.