In the morning of January 13 (Hanoi time), coach Thomas Tuchel’s teachers and students beat Tottenham 1-0 in the second leg semi-final, thereby gaining the right to play the championship match with a total score of 3-0.
Tottenham lost 0-2 in the first leg and had no choice but to push up the squad in the hope of finding a goal soon. Meanwhile, Chelsea defended proactively and looked for opportunities from long passes towards Romelu Lukaku’s position. In the 11th minute, “Big Rom” took advantage of his sweeping power to pass the defender. However, he could not score when in front of only the home team goalkeeper
Pierluigi Gollini played well against Lukaku but he made a mistake on the set-piece after 18 minutes. The Italian goalkeeper’s poor selection of the spot made it possible for Antonio Rudiger to open the scoring.
The German midfielder scored the 10th goal in the shirt “The Blues”. His goals were scored at only 3 stadiums including Stamford Bridge (5 goals), King Power (3 goals) and Tottenham Stadium (2 goals).
The early goal made the already difficult task of Spurs even more difficult. On the day Son Heung-min was absent, the ball was put by the homeowner to Harry Kane. A player born in 1993 alone is not enough to make a difference in front of a tight-lipped opponent’s defense.
In the 41st minute, Rudiger pushed down Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg. Initially, the referee pointed to the penalty spot. However, he changed his mind after consulting the VAR team. The point of fouling is outside the penalty area, which means that the host can only take a direct free kick. Giovani Lo Celso aligns carefully but he doesn’t shoot over the fence. Tottenham closed the first half with 9 shots, but all were not significant opportunities.
Spurs had a day to forget when they both played poorly and did not have the support of the VAR team. In the second half, the video referees had two more reversals of the decision of the referee Andre Marriner. The first is the situation that vindicated Kepa after a collision with Lucas Moura in the penalty area in the 56th minute.
In the 64th minute, Kane scored Kepa’s net after a mistake by the Chelsea defense system. The referee recognized the goal, but VAR stepped in and determined Kane to be offside when he finished.
Tottenham accept defeat and lose another chance to win the title this season. In the Premier League, it is difficult for Spurs to compete with the top. Therefore, the London team’s hopes will be focused on the FA Cup, the arena where they have reached the fourth round.