Chelsea outclass Tottenham as Rüdiger seals Carabao Cup final spot

First the passion killer. The opening goal was always going to be vital given the aggregate score at kick-off and, when Antonio Rüdiger scored it for Chelsea, it felt as if that was that. Thomas Tuchel’s European champions are not in the habit of conceding three goals in a game. It has only happened three times under him.

Then the high jinx, which brought the entertainment value, at least for the neutral and the travelling fans. It was not funny for Tottenham, who saw the referee, Andre Marriner, wrongly award two penalties, which he had to rescind after advice from VAR, and then disallow a Harry Kane goal. Marriner was told by the technology that Kane was offside.

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