Jose Mourinho’s Big Game Experience Tells Again
If they taught classes on Jose Mourinho – and in actual fact that probably do already – then this could almost be held up as the perfect example of a big game victory.
Start slowly, absorb pressure, hit them when it really hurts at the end of the first half and then reap the rewards in the second.
It’s not entirely surprising – and nor is it that great to watch most of the time – but it certainly is effective, and Mauricio Pochettino simply found himself outwitted and outmanoeuvred by a man he can only hope will become a rival for honours in the future.
John Terry’s Attraction To The Limelight Continues
To the many tales of John Terry’s varied but undoubtedly successful career we can now add a goal in a Wembley cup final.
It wasn’t a classic – like this game – but it again demonstrated the Chelsea skipper’s prowess in front of goal and his attraction to a limelight which refuses to dim.
Given that he is who he is then Terry is never going to take universal acclaim, but given that his career looked to be on a downward trajectory just a couple of years ago then this really is a remarkable turnaround, and there’s more to come.
Kurt Zouma’s Athleticism Made Him The Right Midfield Choice
With Nemanja Matic suspended (as you might have read) and John Obi Mikel injured, one of the key elements of this wet Wembley afternoon was always going to be just what Chelsea did at the base of their midfield.
A pre-match tweet from the club’s official account suggested that it was going to be Cahill who Mourinho picked in there, but Kurt Zouma always seemed to be the more logical choice.
The young Frenchman is quicker and nimbler than his English teammate, and he did well to close down several Tottenham forays forward – with the Dane Christian Eriksen particularly quiet in the No. 10 role.
A Ill Wind Blows For Harry Kane
There was a good run in the first half which was reminiscent of one of his two well-taken goals against Chelsea at White Hart Lane on New Year’s Day, but other than that it was a day of frustration for Harry Kane.
Well marshalled by Terry and Gary Cahill, this would have been a reminder to the young forward that he’s still got a long way to go before he can truly feel at home on the highest possible stages.
This won’t be the last he sees of Wembley, but his first experience of it was one to forget.
This Could Be The First Many For Chelsea
All empires have to start somewhere, and just as the 2005 League Cup final win over Liverpool in Cardiff was the beginning of the success story in Mourinho’s previous spell at Chelsea, so could be the case now.
On a day when the Reds did them a huge favour in the Premier League with their victory over Manchester City, it is difficult to escape the conclusion that Chelsea are on the road to glory once again, and that this is where it has started.