Chelsea lifted their first piece of silverware this season beating Tottenham by 2-0 on Sunday at Wembley. John Terry opened the scoring just before half time while Diego Costa’s deflected effort put it beyond Spurs.
Here are the five things we learnt from Wembley:
Jose Mourinho tactical awareness works again
When John Terry, Gary Cahill and Kurt Zouma all featured on the starting eleven, it was worthwhile noting on how Chelsea would set up. While Cahill and Terry paired in the centre back partnership, Kurt Zouma was given the role of the injured Nemanja Matic to contain Christian Eriksen. The young Frenchman performed admirably in his unusual role and did a great job by constantly switching positions with Ramires and Cesc Fabregas, rotating in the middle of the park in a 4-3-3 setup.
Chelsea could use this as a springboard to more silverware
With Manchester City beaten 2-1 by Liverpool, Jose Mourinho would more or less in the hot seat to lift the Premier League title come this way. This was Chelsea’s first silverware in Mourinho’s second spell in charge and given the players that the Blues have at their disposal, this could be the springboard for further success. Chelsea are also expected to go deep in the Champions League and there is no doubt that Roman Abramovic who was in the stands watching with Marina Granovskaia would have been delighted by the proceedings.
Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham have a great future
Pochettino included four home-grown players in the starting eleven with Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb in the double pivot of the 4-2-3-1 setup while Andros Townsend started over record signing Erik Lamela while Harry Kane started up front. The White Hart Lane side are also in the running for a Champions League berth for next season and given time, Pochettino could transform Spurs into a major contender for European football in the coming years. However, it is important that Chairman Daniel Levy and the Tottenham hierarchy understands that.
Chelsea should immediately offer John Terry a new contract
The Chelsea captain picked up his 13th domestic title in his illustrious career and by the looks of it, the 34-year old could be set for more. Terry has shown incredible consistency even at 34 and has been the mainstay of the Blues’ defense beside Gary Cahill or Kurt Zouma. His sliding tackle on Harry Kane late in the game was nothing less than world class and it would be fair to say that Chelsea should immediately hand him a contract extension. What more do you need when your captain regularly scores from set-pieces?
Oscar fading with Cuadrado in the side
A few days ago, Italian media outlet Tuttosport reported that Juventus are planning a surprise move for Oscar in the upcoming summer transfer window. The rumour might sound ludicrous at first but on second thoughts, it might seem sensible. Chelsea had earlier signed Oscar from Brazilian side Internacional for around €30m in 2012 and despite the player having a contract with the London side till 2019, his market value could well be around €40m. There is no way that Oscar would leave the Stamford Bridge side but with niggling injuries and Juan Cuadrado’s arrival, there certainly has been increased competition in the attacking triumvirate with Willian and Hazard being the rightful first choice. Would Chelsea sell him like they did Juan Mata or it’s just an aberration.
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