Chelsea Wins Capital One Cup After Downing Tottenham In Final

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Chelsea won English soccer’s first available trophy in the 2014-15 and now turns its eyes to bigger prizes.

Chelsea defeated Tottenham 2-0 on in the final of the Capital One Cup (or Football League Cup) on Sunday at Wembley Stadium in London. John Terry and Diego Costa scored on either side of halftime for the Blues, who won the competition for the first time since 2007 and the fifth time in their history.

Tottenham had the best of the early scoring chances when Christian Eriksen shot a free kick off the crossbar in the 10th minute. However, the Spurs failed to profit from their dominance of early stages, and Chelsea largely kept them at bay for the last hour of the game.

Terry gave Chelsea the lead in 44th minute when he shot a poorly cleared ball past goalkeeper Hugo Lloris from close range. Chelsea celebrated wildly, while Tottenham rued its failure to adequately defend a set piece just one minute before halftime.

Costa doubled Chelsea’s tally in the 56th minute when he raced paced a hobbling Kyle Walker and beat Lloris with a powerful shot at the near post.

Tottenham barely mustered a response to Costa’s goal, and Chelsea cruised to victory over its London rival.

The Capital One Cup win is the first piece of silverwear manager Jose Mourinho has delivered to Stamford Bridge in his second stint as Chelsea manager. Chelsea won nothing last season in the first campaign of Mourinho’s return, but the Blues added to their trophy collection in season two of Mourino’s dynasty-building project.

Victory in the Capital One Cup won’t satisfy Mourinho, his players or Chelsea’s expectant fans. Chelsea leads the Premier League standings by five points after 27 games. Only a late slide from Chelsea, combined with a surge from second-place Manchester City, will keep Terry’s hands off the Premier League trophy in May. Chelsea also is pursuing European glory. It has reached the round of 16 in the UEFA Champions League and has dreams of going much deeper into the competition.

Thumbnail photo via Kirsty Wigglesworth/Associated Press

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