Player ratings like Blues take the initiative of the first stage


Chelsea went on to a 2-0 victory in the first part of their Carabao Cup semi-final with rivals Tottenham.

Antonio Conte’s return to Stamford Bridge was not happy as he saw his side battle out and play out from start to finish, with a lot of work to do if they were to make a comeback in the second stage.

Chelsea made the best start and took the lead in the fifth minute when Marcos Alonso intercepted a loose pass from Japhet Tanganga to Emerson Royal, and the Spaniard put in through Kai Havertz to get past Hugo Lloris, with Davinson Sanchez unable to clear the ball. . line.

While the hosts had the lion’s share of ball possession, they did not create much in the way of clear chances, but they did not need to double the lead half an hour later. Tanganga failed to clear a free kick from Chelsea, nodded straight into teammate Ben Davies and ricocheted into the net.

The returning Romelu Lukaku saw a tame nod sail just outside Llori’s goal just before the break and Chelsea went into break two for good.

Spurs’ first shot came from a free kick shortly after half-time, with Harry Kane forcing Kepa Arrizabalaga to a low save.

Hakim Ziyech failed to really bother Lloris when he got the freedom from West London to shoot, while substitute Tanguy Ndombele shot over from the edge of the Chelsea area.

Spurs continued to try (and often failed) to make a match but the hosts continued to make the better chances, with Timo Werner failing to lift the ball over Lloris after being found by a wonderful Ziyech consistent ball.

As the stoppage time approached, Bryan Gil came off the bench and created Tottenham’s best chance, weaving past Christian Pulisic and picking out Kane, but the striker could not convert from close range.

But Chelsea insisted on taking a two-goal lead back to Tottenham Hotspur Stadium next Wednesday and have a foot in the final after a dominant first round.

Rudiger was great / James Williamson – AMA / GettyImages

Kepa Arrizabalaga (GK) – 5/10 – Had very little to do and still made a meal of things, lost an air duel against 5ft9 Lucas Moura.

Cesar Azpilicueta (RB) – 7/10 – Chelsea fluttered between a back three and a back four, but Azpilicueta filled both roles diligently.

Antonio Rudiger (CB) – 8/10 – Totally got Kane with ease. The England captain did not have a nose.

Malang Sarr (CB) – 7/10 – Thrown back into the deep end and remained afloat.

Marcos Alonso (LB) – 8/10 – Not for the first time, Spurs had no response to Alonso’s looting runs and threats going forward.

Saul made an impressive shift / Craig Mercer / MB Media / GettyImages

Saul Niguez (CM) – 8/10 – After a half-season that did not resemble a football player, Saul made a worthy performance tonight.

Jorginho (CM) – 7/10 – Could have withered when he met an aggressive Spurs midfield pair but stepped over it and played his usual game.

Hakim Ziyech (RM) – 8/10 – Double up as a wing-back when Chelsea switched to a back five. Looked more like Ziyech who tormented Europe with Ajax a couple of years ago.

Mason Mount (AM) – 7/10 – Limkillen. Fluttered all over the field and got ready and kept the game going.

Kai Havertz (LM) – 6/10 – Scored a goal but was not very spectacular in the 40 minutes that followed when he was replaced at the break.

Lukaku was reinstated to the starting eleven / Alex Pantling / GettyImages

Romelu Lukaku (CF) – 5/10 – Did not look sharp when he returned to the lineup, but caused Spurs problems when he fell deep and into the channels.

Timo Werner (LW, 46 ‘for Havertz) – 6/10 – His movement and pace caused Spurs problems. His shooting did not.

Mateo Kovacic (CM, 73 ‘for Mount) – 6/10

Ruben Loftus-Cheek (CM, 73 ‘for Saul) – 6/10

Christian Pulisic (RM, 79 ‘for Ziyech) – N / A

Harvey Vale (RM, 90 ‘for Azpilicueta) – N / A

Images that precede unfortunate events / Marc Atkins / GettyImages

Hugo Lloris (GK) – 5/10 – He can not do much to make the defenders in front of him throw in.

Japhet Tanganga (CB) – 1/10 – His poor and misjudged pass led to Chelsea’s opener, his poor clearing led to their second. A night to forget.

Davinson Sanchez (CB) – 5/10 – Failed in the physical duels with Lukaku, even though they were largely away from the goal. Does not have the same passing range as Eric Dier and the damaged Spurs ability to build from behind.

Ben Davies (CB) – 4/10 – Unlucky for the self-goal of course. However, did not offer near as much in possession as he has done in recent weeks.

Skipp and Hojbjerg were not effective together / Julian Finney / GettyImages

Emerson Royal (RWB) – 3/10 – Absolutely nothing spectacular with any part of Emerson’s game and it is becoming a disadvantage for Tottenham.

Oliver Skipp (CM) – 5/10 – Ran around a bit and was at least tidied up in possession. Good for him.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (CM) – 3/10 – Total negative net. It was not possible to keep the ball and Chelsea were not fascinated by his physical character.

Matt Doherty (LWB) – 5/10 – Moved forward with a goal and Chelsea did not aim at him. Probably one of his best performances in a Spurs shirt just for these reasons. Hooked at half time regardless.

Missed the goal, which was also the case on the pitch tonight / Julian Finney / GettyImages

Lucas Moura (RW) – 5/10 – Eager to get involved and let go deeply to help but nothing came of it.

Harry Kane (CF) – 2/10 – You would hardly have thought that Kane was playing. Did not even try to double up as number six as he so often does nowadays.

Son Heung-min (LW) – 2/10 – Ditto. Made no noticeable impact on the game.

Tanguy Ndombele (AM, 46 ‘for Doherty) – 4/10 – Added an immediate traction to Spurs ball development before fading out of play.

Harry Winks (CM, 73 ‘for Skipp) – 4/10

Giovani Lo Celso (RW, 80 ‘for Son) – N / A

Bryan Gil (LW, 80 ‘for Lucas) – N / A

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