Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea will meet either Liverpool or Arsenal in the final of the EFL Cup at Wembley in February after beating Antonio Conte’s Tottenham
The Blues won 1-0 in the second-leg of the EFL Cup semi-final thanks to a first-half goal from defender Antonio Rudiger.
And in doing so, the Chelsea boss has set a record that previous manager Jose Mourinho wasn’t able to.
According to OptaJoe, despite only taking charge of his first Chelsea game little more than 350 days ago, Tuchel has become the first manager in the club’s history to reach the final of the League Cup, FA Cup and Champions League.
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The Blues went on to triumph in Porto in May against Premier League champions City in the Champions League final courtesy of Kai Havertz’s strike.
However, Tuchel and Chelsea weren’t so fortunate in the FA Cup final, which they lost 1-0 after Youri Tielemans’ goal proved to be the difference between the two sides.
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While Mourinho managed to guide Chelsea to FA Cup and League final success, the Portuguese boss couldn’t take Chelsea to the final of Europe’s premier club competition.
Meanwhile, even though Tuchel has now set up a date at Wembley for the final in February, the Chelsea boss was far from happy with his side’s performance against Spurs.
When asked if he was unhappy, Tuchel said: “Yes. It’s about our standards, not about getting results.
“We can close spaces much better. We can control the match better.
“We controlled the match, we had big chances. But we allowed chances from easy and sloppy mistakes and were lucky. We almost gave a penalty away for absolutely no reason.
“The same happened for the last 20 minutes, a mixture of lack of focus, over-confidence, and suddenly we need luck to not have another penalty.
“We need to play much better if we want to really deserve results like this.
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“We’re happy with the result. In the first half we were the better team and we deserved to be up.
“But we lost concentration and lost focus in the last 15 minutes of the first half and again in the second half. We were almost punished for lack of focus.
“We played at 90% and that’s not our style – we shouldn’t do this. We had to work hard and it was not our best performance – we were better in the first leg.”
The Blues will now switch their focus back to the Premier League, where they will face Pep Guardiola’s City side in the early kick-off on Saturday.