Chelsea has booked for itself a place in the FA Cup finals after beating Tottenham Hotspur 4-2 in a sizzling semi-final at the Wembley Stadium.
The match was a thrilling one considering that the losing side – Tottenham – had the game in their hand for nearly the first fifty minutes. Willian scored the opening goal in the fifth minute, but the joys of single goal lead didn’t last long as Harry Kane scored an equaliser with Christian Eriksen’s assist. Willian netted another one through a penalty from a foul by Son Heung-min on Viktor Moses, but Dele Alli scored the equaliser.
Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham had their best moments in the first half and that was it as the second half was Chelsea’s. Chances for Tottenham diminished with a weak fullback for a team that is known for their strong defense. The tables turned for the Spurs after Son’s rash challenge on Victor Moses. Chelsea made the most of this advantage as Willian scored from the penalty spot.
Pochettino returned to the formation of three in the back to strengthen the attack and midfield. His decision to play the South Korean, who is more comfortable being a forward, in a defensive role backfired.
To top it, Chelsea’s Antonio Conte was too smart with his bench decisions. He did not keep Eden Hazard and Diego Costa in the starting XI, with Willian and Michy Batshuayi replacing them and playing in the first 60 minutes.
Not only did the Spurs not make it to the FA Cup final, they diminished their confidence of a Premier League title, with a scar on their brilliant run in the last ten matches. Tottenham trail leaders Chelsea by four points.