success breeds successThis weekend sees the first of the English domestic trophies to be decided when London rivals Chelsea and Tottenham meet at Wembley in the 2015 League Cup Final. You can listen to the report by clicking on the link below, while vocabulary support (in bold) appears at the foot of the post.

Path to Wembley

As both clubs were involved in European competitions this season they joined the tournament in the third round – the last 32 – and both ended up beating Championship sides. Chelsea defeated Bolton 2-1 while Spurs came from behind to defeat Nottingham Forest 3-1. Spurs then beat another Championship side, Brighton, in the following round while Chelsea avoided embarrassment with a win at fourth-tier side Shrewsbury. They then beat another lower-league side, Derby County, who are at the top of the Championship, in the fifth round winning 3-1, while Spurs also had a comfortable win – thrashing Newcastle 4-0 at home. The semi-finals were played over two legs and Tottenham managed to squeeze through against Division One side Sheffield United. Chelsea needed extra time to see off a strong Liverpool side to set up this weekend’s final.

The Managers

The Chelsea Manager, JosĂ© Mourinho, has won this particular trophy on two occasions (in 2005 and 2007) in addition to the four other trophies he’s already won with Chelsea. Indeed, he has won 16 trophies in his managerial career which gives him a huge boost over his counterpart Mauricio Pochettino who has never won a trophy of any sort as a manager.

Strikers

Now both Chelsea and Tottenham have their main strikers very much in form this season: Harry Kane for Spurs and Diego Costa for the Blues. Costa has scored 17 times in his first season with Chelsea while Kane has managed 14 in the League so far – not bad for the young forward who many saw as being only third choice at the start of the season. Chelsea can also call on the experience of Didier Drogba and the pace of Remy which may be crucial, while Spurs have only Spanish striker Roberto Soldado to call on from the bench.

2015 League Cup Final: Prediction

As a Spurs fan my heart says a 2-0 Tottenham victory but my head says otherwise. I think it will be a very close game but deep down I think that Chelsea will have too much for us and will run out winners.

Further Links

Vocabulary support

thrashing: Beating a team by a large score

to squeeze through: Just about win; a very tight game

to see off: To defeat; to beat

counterpart: Colleague

to call on from the bench: To bring on as a substitute

my heart says a 2-0 Tottenham victory but my head says otherwise: Emotiions say yes but logic says no

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