Chelsea entered the league cup final as the outsiders against Manchester City on Sunday.
After all, City had beaten the Blues to a point of no comeback a fortnight back. They had hammered the Chelsea side to a 6-0 defeat. City were on raging form and looked like runaway winners before the match began.
Chelsea for themselves are suffering from an identity loss under Maurizio Sarri. The Blues boss wants to bring in a high-tempo possession based football as opposed to the defensive, counter-attacking football Chelsea has played for over a decade.
However, as the final turned out, barring Kepa’s bizzare unprofessional behaviour, Chelsea gave a brilliant account of themselves. The Chelsea team held City to a 0-0 draw for 120 minutes.
Chelsea were run ragged and broke sweat to ensure their goal was shielded against City. Credit must be given to the Blues for holding out City from raining down on their goal. One man who is a must need in matches like this is N’Golo Kante.
The Blues champion midfielder showed his class as he followed the manager’s word to the letter and added a few typical Kante slide tackles of his own in crucial areas to keep Chelsea in the game until the shootout.
Well done, N’Golo.