'Couldn't get near them': Ally McCoist claims two 'excellent' Chelsea players gave Spurs a lesson yesterday
Ally McCoist raved about the performance of Chelsea duo Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic in yesterday’s cup match.
The midfield pairing helped lead the Blues to a 1-0 away win at rivals Tottenham last night, which secured victory in the two-legged Carabao Cup semi-final tie.
It means Thomas Tuchel’s side will face either Arsenal or Liverpool in next month’s final at Wembley Stadium.
Jorginho, who was dominant during both legs against Spurs, caught the eye in the centre of the park. Likewise, fellow central midfielder Kovacic breezed through the contest with some real flair at times on the ball.
McCoist picked out Chelsea’s midfield partnership against Spurs as the decisive area of the pitch where the contest was really decided.
“The [Spurs] midfield got a lesson last night. The two boys in front of the back four, Kovacic and Jorginho, ran the game. They were excellent… The key area for me last night where it was just about total domination was the two boys I mentioned. They were comfortable on the ball, playing little one-twos. They couldn’t get near them,” McCoist told talkSPORT.
Chelsea midfield so versatile
For Chelsea boss Tuchel, he’s in a luxury position where he’s got so much talent in midfield to pick from.
Aside from a genuine consistent goalscorer, Chelsea cover all the bases you could want from a central midfielder.
The Blues can rely on someone like Jorginho to sit in front of a defence and control possession, something he’s capable of doing against any level of opponent. Meanwhile, Kovacic possesses the ability to break the lines and has ridiculous close control.
You can throw into the mix the physicality and drive of Ruben Loftus-Cheek, plus the left-footed option of on-loan player Saul Niguez.
Finally, the crown jewel is N’Golo Kante who can run rings around anyone on his day. He’s the kind of midfielder that would get into any starting XI in world football.
There are certain areas of the pitch where the Blues need to work out their plans for next season, but the centre of the park is where they’re blessed with some world-class talent and look safe for the next couple of years.